Alcoholics Anonymous is a place of healing, support, encouragement, and accountability. It’s a place where people are expected to “be real” about their struggles and addictions. No one says, “I don’t have a problem. I’m just fine.”
Now, I don’t envy anyone who struggles with a drinking or drug addiction, but the PLACE sounds pretty inviting; a place where people are welcomed with open arms because of a shared struggle and a desire to get beyond their present situation.
It makes me wonder why are churches aren’t more like this. Just imagine how much of a failure AA would be if the people inside the group acted as if they had no problems and anyone with a “real” problem was looked at with disapproval? People would stop coming. They would go somewhere else. This sounds a lot like the situation with many churches in our world today.
The Church versus AA
Which scenario paints a more accurate picture of our church today? Are our churches more like AA or more like a place where only the perfect people hang out?
We are all sinners, looking for healing, support, and encouragement. Our churches should be a place where we can be real. Instead of thinking we’ve got it all together (sin free). . .
We are all sinners, looking for healing, support, and encouragement. Our churches should be a place where we can be real. Instead of thinking we’ve got it all together (sin free), and looking at outsiders as if THEY are the ones with the problem, we should be inviting them in and embracing them as fellow sinners who share the same struggles we have. If our churches operated with this spirit of openness and humility, wouldn’t you be more likely to come each week?
My prayer today is that our churches would become more like an AA meeting. Call it “Sinners Anonymous”, or “First Church of Sinners” with services each Sunday at 9am and 11:00am.