We don't love church because she is always lovely. We don't attend church because she meets our immediate needs. We go in the promise Scripture holds out, that the goodness of God's people gathered and unified is "as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron's head…as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting" (Psalm 133:2-3).
"I shall not count you among the Christians unless I see you in the Church of Christ."
Jen Pollock Michel is a writer and author ofTeach Us to Want(InterVarsity Press). She's also a wife and a mother of five, and she serves on staff at Grace Toronto Church.