Can we be ashamed of the Church?

I am ashamed of the Church!!!! Those words jumped at me as I flipped through the Church Times.  Those words were spoken by a senior cleric in the COE.

That statement seemed  so wrong.  Why I thought it was wrong, I had no idea!   Are we even allowed to be ashamed of the Church?

The Church is a gift to us from God Almighty.   The Church can never be perfect for it is filled with sinners. The words from the following hymn has reminded me why I should never be ashamed of the Church for Christ bought her with his own blood.

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word:
From heav’n He came and sought her
To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

‘Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace for evermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
In love may dwell with Thee.

source: https://www.lyricsondemand.com/miscellaneouslyrics/christianlyrics/thechurchsonefoundationlyrics.htmlL



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