I have a special place in my heart for the cynic. Cleveland, TN is full of them. When I moved down here I was one too. In a county of over 400 churches it is very easy to become cynical. Churches are bound to screw up, they are filled with people after all. These kinds of experiences are where cynics are born.
The details are always different but the story is the same. A person goes to church. That person loves the church. That person trusts the church. The church does something stupid. That person resents the church. That person leaves the church. That person hates the church. That person blames God. Okay, I threw that last one in for dramatic effect but many cynics do actually come to that conclusion.
Jesus added one of these into his pose as well.
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
This is the cynic’s question. Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Can anything good come out of church? Can anything good come out of religion? Can anything good come out of following God?
LifePoint is a seeker church. It’s a safe place where the cynic can ask all of those questions without being ridiculed for being unsure of the answers given. It’s a place where all can seek God in spite of the shortcomings of an institution. It’s a place where we call people to love God first and “BE” the church second.
Can anything good come out of LifePoint?
Like Philip I say, “Come and see.”