The church has a sick and twisted history. For all the good that is possible, a whole lot of evil has also come through sanctuary doors. We have some belief issues. We have some trust issues. We have some fear issues. We have criminal issues. We have human dignity issues.
These issues of wrong-belief obliterate the message of the gospel which promotes the human dignity. At some point in history, people broke covenant and chose to dehumanize people groups by stealing them and terrorizing them into slavery. The vision that brings up in my mind as I imagine it is horrifying.
Love was lost, and fear became the force used to manipulate and control lives in many ways.
This is the table Jesus flipped. This is the wrong-side-up way.
I have seen the result of the promotion of fear-based beliefs drive people away from the church in droves, which is sad, but even worse I have seen people walk away from God. It is taking time, but the good news is, the deconstruction of these beliefs are what is bringing town the divisive walls of the church and resurrecting the temple of the heart.