Not surprisingly, we don't fit in everywhere we go. We don't belong in some groups, other groups don't suit us and finally, isn't this the age when we can pick and choose where we wish to place our time and energies?
Churches are like this. People come and go through the membership without much trouble. Don't like the Preacher? Move to another church. Gotta beef with the music, go find another place to worship.
While we may bemoan the light-handed move from church to church, or how we move from belief system to belief system, we are a marketplace kind of people. We follow our preferences. We find those who are like us and who like us.
When the Kingdom comes, we will all be at the Table together. Differences and preferences will not matter. All those who love Christ will be one.
Until that time, let's remember that while everyone should be people like us, people aren't just like us.
In the best possible world, we would learn the discipline of belonging regardless of how we feel about the preacher, the music or the congregation. We'd decide that the Body of Christ where we were was where we needed to be. We'd work out the differences by committing ourselves to loving anyway, being a person of peace anyway.
No one wants to hear this. Our desire for self-fulfillment and comfort overcomes us.
I am sure that you have valid reasons for why you choose a homogenus life.
Looking at the bottom of my flip-flop,