February 14, 2012 by Chris French
For years we’ve heard the church is a family. While Scripture calls believers brothers and sisters and God is certainly our Father the only word used to describe the church is “kingdom”. David Murrow in his Why Men Hate Going to Church says that one of the things that has turned men specifically off to the church is this family talk. In families we give with each other. Uncle Pete may be crazy, but he’s my uncle so I put up with him beyond the point when something should be said to right a wrong. Everything is done to keep the peace in a family. We understand that. Think back to last Christmas. You kept your mouth shut even though Uncle Pete was spouting some nonsense just so your mom wouldn’t get mad at you. Murrow says we’ve done the same thing in the church because of the family atmosphere.
If a person leaves a family it’s almost like they’ve died and the same is true in the church. If a person leaves to go to a different congregation of the Lord’s people even we feel a great sense of loss. That’s because we view the church as a family. If we viewed the church as a kingdom we would recognize that God is only moving soldiers to another part of the war. I’m not sure what I think about the book as a whole or this section of it in particular, but what he says is making a lot of sense. What do you think the difference between our view of the church as a family or as a kingdom is? How does that view affect our interactions within the church?