I've seen this picture/quote (or one like it) shared a ton on Facebook and Instagram. Pastors have even quoted it while preaching. I'm not sure where the quote originated but the usual comments left on the picture are, "Amen!" or "Truth!" or something of that nature. I understand exactly what this quote is attempting to say and it's a very nice sentiment. But what if I told you the church is neither of those things? The church is absolutely not a museum for good people only. But it is also not a hospital.
First and foremost the church is NOT a building or structure. When Jesus said to Peter, "Upon this rock (Peter) I will build My church..." He was not referring to a building by any stretch of the imagination. The church is the body of Christ. The church is people. Yet in our American culture, despite us knowing this truth, the way we speak of the church most of the time does not reflect what the church is (us). Most of the time when speaking about the church people are referring to a building. Think about it. How many times have you heard statements like, "It's good to be in the house of the Lord this morning." or "Behave yourselves. You're in church!" or "I'm not going to church today." or "The church isn't a museum (building) for good people. It's a hospital (building) for the broken."
In our vocabulary the church has shifted from the people to the building. I believe this is absolutely harmful to believers. First, it makes "church" something you attend instead of the truth, something you are! It also says to the person, "This building is important." instead of "You are important!" I realize some will think I'm getting too worked up over a technicality but, am I? I know of people who attended "church" most of their lives who are JUST NOW understanding the church is them not a place we go on Sundays. A church building is not the house of the Lord or some special place. You are the house of the Lord! You are that special place! But so many don't feel that for many reasons; one being, in my opinion, the fact that we are always calling a building the church instead of calling the people the church. I hope you can see what I'm trying to say here.
Like I said of the above quote, it's a nice sentiment. But it's still not truth.