I’ve just finished reading 500 pages of church history. I don’t know how I managed it! It is soooo dull and depressing! There have been so many conflicts, wars, blood shed in the name of Christianity that I can well understand why some who read history end up having such a negative attitude towards the church. Even some of the great Christian leaders of the past had a few strange ideas. The world has never seen the church being all it is suppose to be, except perhaps in the first few years after Jesus left. However even then disputes arose (Acts 6:1). Yet amazingly the church has survived despite the many attempts to wipe it out.
Why God chooses to use a broken, battered, opinionated people, called the church, to be his instrument to a broken, battered, opinionated world, is beyond me. Sometimes God’s ways are beyond fathoming! Furthermore God plans “to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27). That God is able to do this is truly a miracle!