Lifeway commissioned a survey in 2007. One of the key questions folks where asked was about what they thought of the church.
Their answer? They said the church was full of hypocrites. They said we care more about organized religion than loving God and loving people.
We might not like their answer, but consider it from their perspective.
We do often get caught up in the finer points of organized religion. We fuss about theology and doctrine. We argue about music or debate whether to tithe on gross or net income. We get into sometimes heated discussions over whether tongues are valid today, what it means to be filled with the Spirit, and whether salvation is predestined by God or the result of our free will choice to follow Jesus.
I wonder what Jesus would think of all this.