If I had a dollar for every time someone told me or inferred that the Christian community should only be about encouragement, I would have enough money to start a church that would continue to feed this false belief.
It’s amazing how blind people can actually be when it comes to the role of Christians and the Church. The popular and widespread belief seems to be that the Christian communities sole purpose should be to encourage one another and make one another feel good about themselves, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. The ideology that the Church exists to make us feel better about ourselves makes Christianity all about us, it turns our religion into an idol. The Church (Christians) exit for one reason, to glorify God and to delight in him.
This isn’t going to make me any fans, but I’m sick of the “Cultural Christian” who just wants to use the death and resurrection of our Lord as an excuse to make themselves feel good and meet new people. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there is anything wrong with encouraging one another, we are commanded to do it after all; but it should come as a distant second place behind glorifying God. When we place encouraging people in front of the teaching of scripture and the study of God, it’s an idol.