Our Christian experience is like that, always under construction, and there are always going to be the "ugly" bits where we develop, rebuild, succeed, and, unfortunately, sometimes fail.
The Christian church is like that as well. We can never look at the church and say, "That's it! It is finished." The observer will always notice the odd crane, the unfinished bits, the new constructions. However, just as I do not dismiss Sydney's beauty because of the construction, neither do I dismiss the beauty of individuals or the church because construction is in progress.
We are not tourists just coming for a look. We are builders and constructors. We have to get into the holes and pour concrete, we have to (wo)man the cranes, and sometimes we may construct a beautiful building, or create a wide road, or a pretty park. But always, there will be another building, another road, another park to be built, and maintained, both in our own lives, and indeed in any church to which we belong as well.
*Maurice writes from
Australia and introduces himself as a friend of struggling Christians.
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