The story is told of a man who was stranded alone on an island. He immediately began sending smoke signals, hoping somebody would find him. Finally, 10 years later, a sea captain noticed the smoke signals, and decided to pull up to the island. When he docked, he noticed three huts.
The stranded man ran out and embraced the captain thanking him for coming to his rescue. While looking around, the captain said, “No problem; but where are the others?” The man replied, “There is only me; I am all alone on this island.”
The confused captain then asked the obvious, “If you are all alone, then why are there three huts?” The man replied, “Well, the first hut is where I live; that’s my home. And the second hut is my church; that’s where I worship.”
The captain waited, but the man offered no explanation, so he asked, “And what’s the third hut?” to which the man replied, “Oh, that was the church I used to go to!”
Yes, it’s okay to laugh! But like most comedy, it’s only funny because it’s based in truth. Are there legitimate reasons to leave a church – absolutely. Are there as many reasons as we think – probably not. Yet sadly, far too many folks choose the option of “church shopping” vs. “church improving” if/when they encounter issues at church. Instead of rolling up their sleeves in an effort to improve the church they’re currently in, they build or move to “another hut.”
Are you currently tempted to find another “hut?” Unless heresy is being preached from the pulpit, can I encourage you to find ways to support and improve your current church instead of hut-hunting? –Dave
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
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