There are times I wish all churches were perfect despite the theological differences, working together, harmonizing one another to a point where any ongoing secular assault can be easily dismantled without trouble. Boy I wish there were days one can live in these idealistic world; however, this kind of ideal environment will never happen because each church has its own set of unique problems. Whatever the problems may be…big, small, or in between, these troubles should not be the reasons not to join a particular church.
Instead, they should be looked upon as something different.
When I see a church struggling to meet a certain criteria or a specific need, I take pleasure in the possession of serving that church in the best way imaginable. If a church needs someone to sing in their choir, teach a class, usher, or set up for fellowship; I would join without a problem. If the church needs some materials for a special occasion, I find that I have no troubles making that effort to offer something on its behalf.
There is, on the flipside a concern one should look at whenever he or she considers the problems in the church and that would be this: how are they handled? From the stories I have heard and issues I have dealt with myself, nothing screams louder (to me at least) than church character. If you want to know whether staying at the church is committed to the Word of God or nullify His Word by playing politics, this should be an easy way to learn about the church. Personally, I think this is the best way to determine the ‘goodness’ of a church, especially regarding its problems. Now I know this may sound unfair, but consider what every church does. She gives money to charity, she offers friendliness, she maintains civility, etc. If you look at what a church does not do, then you can certainly determine the church’s commitment to His Word and that’s where you ought to look.