Today I would like to talk to you about Fear of The Church. What I mean by that is, so many people have a fear about going to Church. Sometimes it is about feeling "out of place" when walking into a building where you don't know anyone. Somewhat "embarrassed" to have people look at you. Then thoughts start to run through your mind. Examples would be, "I wonder what they're thinking." "I bet they think I'm weird." "They're probably thinking about my clothes right now." "I shouldn't have come, I don't belong here."
Well, let me tell you something... If you feel out of place, maybe it's because you don't know how to open yourself up to God. You need to let Him in. If you feel embarrassed when people look at you, how do you think that makes God feel. He created you in the image of Himself. He thinks you are beautiful and loves you so much. Who cares what others think. What matters is what God thinks! You cannot control other people's thoughts, but you can control your own. You cannot control their actions, but you can control how you respond to their actions. It does not matter what you are wearing to Church! This irritates me because I grew up in a Church that expected you to wear your "Sunday best". Well, nowhere in the Bible does it say that you have to wear a suit and tie, or a dress to Church! Go as you are! Besides, you would probably be more comfortable.
Sometimes it is about fear of being judged by others or the fear of not being accepted. Well, no Church has the right to judge anybody! Another thing is, why would you be afraid of not being accepted by others? Don't you realize you've already been accepted? God accepted you right from the beginning! That's why He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins. He loves you that much! So you HAVE been accepted!
Sometimes it is about fear of rejection and being made fun of, by friends. A friend says, "Oh man! You go to Church? Why? That's crazy! You don't wanna go there! Come on, let's go down to the park and play football instead. That's more fun than listening to some old guy preach!" With this being said, what do you do? Do you listen to your friend and go to the park or do you go to Church anyway? Then you have the friend that makes fun of you if he finds out you go to Church. "Oh man! You're a Church-boy! You go to church! Look at you with your Bible in your hand and all happy with it! Church-boy, HA! You're such a dweeb!" Now what are you going to do? Are you going to walk passed that Church and not go inside?
Well, first of all...If you have friends that tell you not to learn about God and not to listen to His Word, then I am sorry but they are not the kind of friends that you should be around! They are not letting God inside, and they are trying to get you to turn your back on Him too. Do they seriously think that they are better than Jesus? NOBODY is! If you have friends that tease you and laugh at you for going to Church, it could be because they don't know God. They haven't learned about Him and how important He is in our lives! Maybe you should invite them to come along. If they laugh even more and say no, then that's on them. Just pray for them that they will come to accept Jesus in time.
The last thing I am going to discuss is sometimes people won't go to Church because they are mad at God. It's okay to be mad, and ask why. He will still love you. He always will! They lost a loved one and blame God for taking that person away. They lost their job and house, after trying everything they thought of to keep them. People go through so many different emotions and trials, blaming God for all of it! Now, I am going to say something about this... I believe that there are 2 reasons why we go through trials. The first reason is obvious...Satan is trying to get us to turn against God and knows that some people blame God instead of him. And the second reason we go through trials is... To get us to remember how much we need God. He gives us trials so we know that He is there and we need to have Faith that He will get us through! Without Him, we are nothing.
So, pray about your fear of Church. Whatever the reason is. God loves you no matter what you decide. He's waiting for you to open the door and let Him in! You don't go to Church just to hear somebody preach. You go for many reasons. The main one is to be filled with His Word. To hear about Him, yes. Also, to socialize with a new loving family, that you didn't know you had. To praise and worship God. To Thank Him. And most of all, to show Him just how much you love Him as well, by getting to know HIM.
I hope you enjoyed this message and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Take care and God bless,