In the “business” I am in, it often seems that church organization matters more than people matter. That’s bad enough… and the religious organization itself is often blamed.
But it is often just as bad in the pews, when people who sit there are far more concerned about themselves than anyone else who might come. Oh we say we should love others, but in practice that's only so long as they are good enough for our love, and hold all the right opinions on all the topics we think matter.
We’d rather protect what we like, rather than what those who are “lost and seeking” are looking for. We’d rather tell people what is good for them than pay attention to their current circumstance.
But people matter. Whether the preacher is male or female? I just can’t get excited about this. Or guitar or organ, hymns or praise songs… red carpet or green with patterns, what happens on the platform as opposed to what is allowed at the bottom of the steps at the front?
If everyone who came to church, along with those who are charged to lead worship or preach the Word, plus those who lead the organization all focused on people over structure and self, we’d be so so much more effective.
Plus we’d be on the right track, because people matter.