In light of our series on loving the church in all its glory and messiness, I wanted to post this from Frederick Buechner. It is from his sermon “The Church” in Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons (New York, HarperOne, 2006), pp. 146-53.
Jesus made his church out of human beings with more or less the same mixture in them of cowardice and guts, of intelligence and stupidity, of selfishness and generosity, of openness of heart and sheer cussedness as you would be apt to find in any of us. The reason he made his church out of human beings is that human beings were all there was to make it out of. In fact, as far as I know, human beings are all there is to make it out of still. It’s a point worth remembering.