Gang Banging in the Pews.

I see in myself this same pattern one finds when teens choose gangs.

That longing for belonging, leadership, purpose.

When the family unit does not seem to give what is needed or presumed needed, one ventures off to find it elsewhere. And though that elsewhere may not be healthy, the feeling of belonging and significance is fulfilling enough to cause one to ignore the risks. For a primal need is being met, a need that surpasses morals and values in a sense.

I see this pattern in me when it comes to the church. Though the lessons and praise is good, though the Gospel is preached; if I fail to form intimate bonds and feel like I belong, I turn elsewhere.

And that elsewhere at this period, is with people that though they may not be what some would call healthy; this is where I am embraced and feel the most wanted and accepted for who I am.

2 thoughts on “Gang Banging in the Pews.

  1. Too often, too often the church says (in the fine print) ‘Unless you are like us, you aren’t one of us.’
    And too often, too often we seek an experience that can’t be found because it doesn’t really exist in the form we imagine it.
    Can we live with what God gives us? Can we, instead of longing for something else, accept and appreciate the life God brings our way? I’ve found that longing never leads me to peace or joy.
    Grace and peace to you…
    dw

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