Last night my church held a baptismal service where we baptised between 50 and 60 people. We had praise and worship going the whole time everyone was being baptised. They all wore t-shirts with their name on and the date they gave their life to Christ. It was all so simple and the sense of joy and freedom in the auditorium was indescribable.
There has been some chat on various social networking sites in recent days about the church and how it is God’s plan A for His people. I’ll be honest and say that there have been times in the past few years when I have really struggled with that idea, as when I thought about church all I could feel was pain and disillusionment (being a Pastor’s daughter meant I saw the best and worst of church).
But I think a little bit of my faith in church was restored last night. As I watched people go down into the water and be raised back up again the simplicity of the Gospel was brought to the forefront of my mind again. I have seen so much negativity in the church over the years that I had lost the fact it it was all about people making a decision to follow their Saviour and do life differently. It’s not about politics, position gaining, offense taking, blah blah blah…
We are just a bunch of people whose lives have been changed by an Almighty God and we are doing our best to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Despite what I or you may think the best way we can do that is by being part of the church. Last night as I looked around I was proud to be a part of the church. Not just my local church here in Ballymena but the worldwide body of Christ. I’m not ashamed to put my hand up and say I belong to the church.
Dorothy was right all those years ago when she said, “There’s no place like home.”