I spoke with parents whose children no longer come to church. There are many young people who are now adults who made an exodus from church. You’d never know they once accompanied their parents to church. The thing is, they never got to know Jesus in the way that Jesus would have wanted. Maybe that’s why some see the ‘church’ as a stodgy old place where rules and regulations are recited and taught from the pulpit.
This is not to say that God isn’t holy–the holiness and righteousness of God is utmost and paramount. Maybe some of our churches might need a little bit of reform and teach more about God’s grace, mercy, love, an embodiment of His powerful living presence, and God’s very own righteousness instead of our own human righteousness. This is what I hope the church can be, and be more about. I saw this YouTube spoken word video on just this topic. I liked it because it resonated with me.