Why I am Staying at this Church

Because I am a member

Because God has me here

Because God brought me here

Because I will not be chased out

Because I will not be bullied out

Because I have done nothing wrong

Because my only sin was wanting to befriend you

Because You wanted none of my offers of friendship/fellowship

Because you want me gone, I need to stay

Because the teaching/preaching is second to none

Because other churches have issues too (I might as well be the issue here)

Because church membership should not be taken lightly

Because forgiveness should be a characteristic of a church family

Because acceptance should be a characteristic of a church family

Because the corporate pursuit of holiness is important

Because the individual pursuit of holiness is a corporate pursuit

Because iron sharpens iron

Because a church should not look like just one kind of Christian

Because we all have different abilities, talents, and spiritual gifts

Because of the synergistic effects of each member of the body of Christ we are better together

Because being gracious to each other is being Christ-like

Because we have been forgiven much we should forgive each other

Because I will not leave while I feel contention

Because I will not run

Because if I leave another person like me only more obnoxious will come (I know that is hard to believe)

Because if I stay you get to exercise your grace-offering abilities

Because I get to exercise my grace-offering abilities

Because I want to understand you

Because I want to get to know you

Because I want to be known

Because I need to belong and the safety that comes from belonging

Because we are united through Christ whether I leave or whether I stay

Because I want to love you

Because I am sorry if I hurt you

Because I want to make it right

Because I want to know what I did to offend you

Because I want to know Christ

Because I need you to help me know Christ

Because eternity is a very long time to avoid each other

Because we are commanded to go to a brother or sister who has offended us

Because we are commanded to go to someone who has something against us

Because God has not moved me elsewhere

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