Not everyone searches longingly for the right church. But if you are searching for the right church ….
There is no such thing!
Joining a church, as Rachel Held Evans put it, entails choosing “which hot mess you want to get involved in.”
Churches are a hot mess, no way around it. And how could churches not be? Dedicated to higher purposes, churches will draw a far wider swath of humanity than we, in our little way, would ever see fit to call together. Mixed races, mixed families, mixed financial situations, mixed perspectives … mixed up. That encompasses “church.”
Church is simply not an idealized tribe.
Church is a collection of people – blessed and broken – doing their level best to love others, however imperfectly, and find God one flawed step at a time.
Find a church that gets that … and loves despite that … and lives towards higher purposes in light of that … and maybe that becomes the right church?