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Disillusioned- July 3rd, 2010
September 2, 2010

Dear Sam,

  It seemed that I needed to connect to a group that could provide a positive and helpful atmosphere in my life. So I joined a church that met these requirements. But after a couple of years the people have become less helpful, and they are putting pressure on me to get involved in ways that burden me. I'm ready to find another church. Do you have any tips on how I can make a better choice this time?

Disillusioned

Dear Disillusioned,

  It depends on whetheryou want to confront your illusions or merely find new people who will serve you. You mentioned that your "requirement" is to be helped with a smile. How long do you want this to continue? At what point do you return the help with a grateful heart? Perhaps your illusion is connected to the pressure you so want to avoid. There is no growth, development or strength without pressure. The baby tooth falls out because of the pressure exerted by the adult tooth above. Weights are used for muscle building because of the pressure they provide. The pressure of an exam next week helps you to study this week, etc. etc. etc.
   Your desire to live pressure-less is a desire for death. No decent friend, no real Christian is going to succomb to that requirement no matter how much you demand it. Yes, you can jump from church to church, but this only tells me that you have lots of energy to expend. How about expending it in growing instead of in devising ways to remain helpless and dependent? The church is a living, growing organism whose function it is to develop each cell (person) to its utmost. If you find a church that is willing to meet your requirement of non-growth and continual dependence, you will have found the illusion you are seeking, but it will not be a gathering of God's people.
   You have a choice to make. A choice exerts pressure to move one direction or another. Choose pressure - it is life.


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