He had been stranded on a desert island for years. When he was discovered there, his rescuers asked the man about the three grass shacks on top of the hill.
"The one on the left is my church. The one in the middle is my house."
"What's the one on the right?"
"That's my old church."
Today Democratic front runner Barak Obama announced that he and his family have resigned their membership at Trinity United Church of Christ and are looking for a new church. Deciding to leave a church happens. The Obamas' reasons revolve around controversial statements made from their former church's pulpit that they find offensive.
I'm not so much interested in the possible politics behind this, but find it to be an American church past time - if things at church aren't to my liking I'll just have to leave.
I do believe there are legitimate reasons for changing churches. I also believe they are few because the Gospel is one of reconciliation. At the same time Jesus promised that His Gospel would divide families.
So I'll post about what I see as biblical reasons for resigning from your church and seeking another. Let's start with this one: Unchecked immorality within the congregation. By that I mean the church and her leadership close their collective eyes to immoral behavior within their ranks and let it go. See 1 Corinthians 5.
Have you left a church for that reason? How did you come to the decision to leave? Before leaving, did you confront leadership about your concern?
Reason #2 to come later.