I want to begin this post by reiterating the disclaimer found on your right: “The views and opinions expressed here are our own.” And for Jenny’s sake, I need to add that the views in this post are my own. That said I need an attitude adjustment and I’m looking for advice and help. This issue has be bothering me for a good long time.
When people join the United Methodist Church they commit to supporting the church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. But, like all churches, we have a number of inactive members who we only hear from for weddings and funerals. I love the church and I find myself resentful of those whom I feel take advantage of it. At the same time, I recognize that there are many times in my life when I have neglected those same vows and presumed upon God’s grace, and yet God has welcomed me back with open arms. I think it’s probably best to follow God’s example and attempt to love people back into the church, rather than driving them further out.
I know I’m behaving like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son, loitering around outside and refusing to come in. But I’m still resentful. My question is: how can I overcome this resentment? I’ve been praying, is there something specific you’ve found for which I could pray? Is there an effective way to love people back in?