Our youth group engages in a fun activity once in a while. They love to travel to a nearby campground and spend some time mudding. Perhaps you haven’t heard of mudding. It involves driving 4-wheelers through puddles of mud. After the driving part is over the rest of the youth group jump in and play in the mud. I was with them one time and watched from a distance. Evidently I was not distant enough and the youth group guys got me a little muddy.
What is a harmless youth activity becomes one of those dumb things Christians do when we start slinging mud on the church which is the bride of Christ. Eph. 5: 26,27 says: “…as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle…”. Jesus washed us in His own precious blood as He gave His life for the bride. How do we sling mud on His bride? We can do that in several ways. We sling mud on the church by being absent from it. When we are not present in church we are saying that the bride of Christ is not important to us. We miss those opportunities to receive or be a blessing. Another way we sling mud is complaining about the church. There is no perfect church simply because there are no perfect Christians. Devastating results occur when we run our church down to whoever will listen. We sling mud on the bride when we live shamefully. Our language, our anger, our lack of integrity, and our foolish behavior all cast mud on the church in front of a lost world.
How can we get out of the mudding business? When we have a problem with the church, approach those involved instead of blabbing about it to whoever will listen. Decide that you will be a part of the building team rather than the wrecking team. And finally, determine that you will not sling mud but you will tell others why you love your local assembly of the bride of Christ.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation