Friday, December 02, 2005

Running From God...Or Running From His People?

One other reason why some folks run from God (and this one is really heartbreaking): They've confused God with his people.

A lot of folks grew up in terrible churches. Let's face it, there are lots of terrible churches out there breeding terrible Christians and unleashing them on unsuspecting people -- especially kids. When you grow up in a terrible church that breeds legalism or some sort of stifling fear, you reach an age where you don't want to become like the leaders of your church.

Often, however, because no one's told you any different, you think that in order to avoid becoming like those people you not only have to run from your church but run from God as well. When you think God and the church are the same thing, you're likely to end up on the run from the one Person who has your best interests at heart.