I wonder if any of you reading this would know or even remember the 1970’s anime series of Voltes V. Long before the word “anime” was ever in vogue and the people who created DRagonball were born, there was Voltes 5. You might be wondering what does Voltes 5 have to do with the church. Well, first, Voltes 5 had 5 different parts (as you can see with the picture), which “Volt-in” every time they want to form the gigantic robot. SO WITH THE CHURCH. By that I mean, the church is also composed of different parts. that is why Paul refers to it as the Body of Christ. We might not “volt in” as they do, but the church IS composed of different parts.
if anyone of them volts out without asking permission or without proper authorization, it puts the whole situation, of fighting with the enemy robot in grave danger. Their staying “volted in” was integral to winning against the ever progressive and creative Bozanian robots. Our being connected to the local church and doing our part is also as crucial. WE CANNOT JUST VOLT OUT OR POP OUT OF FORMATION, ANYTIME WE WANT.
I am sure that common courtesy applies to the Voltes team, and if anyone saw the series you would agree with me. That common courtesy also applies in volting out or popping out of formation. WHAT MORE THE CHURCH.
People who profess to follow Christ might do well in taking some lessons from such animated entertainment. It is entirely unbecoming of a believer to simply leave the church, the Body of Christ, just like that and leave people wondering what happened. It is entirely unbecoming of someone who claims to be a new creation and behave as if nothing of the world’s influence inside them changed. if we can take proper leave from our offices when we resign or inform our landlord when and why we are transferring, can we not properly and with much sobriety and dignity tell church leaders as to why we are leaving?
EVEN MANY ADULTEROUS HUSBANDS AND WIVES INFORM ON THEIR SPOUSES BEFORE THEY LEAVE. What more the church?! The crew of Voltes V has more manners!
People who leave without as much, telling people why they left and when they intend to leave really, AS IN REALLY, don’t think much of the church. Their offices and places of rented residence get better treatment. People who leave just like that does not give the grace of God an opportunity to work in their lives and even the people with whom they have issues with.
The church is filled with imperfect people. If such people are looking for a church to go to, wherein they wont get hurt, then they will surely be disappointed. If they ever find a place like that, its either the church does not care about them at all or they don’t care enough about the church to have the opinions and words of other believers enter their hearts and lives.
LEAVING THE CHURCH JUST LIKE THAT, SHOWS THE WORLD JUST EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF VALUE SOME BELIEVERS GIVE THE CHURCH–SECOND RATE.