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When church people start talking about their needs not being met, we have a big problem rooted in a false, unbiblical idea of "church." James 4:1-5 expresses this.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,
that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Ruth Haley Barton writes:
"Christian community is not and never can be about us. When our dreams and convictions about what we think community should be are dashed against the jagged reef of human limitations and failure to live up to one another’s needs and expectations, then and only then are we ready to accept the fact that Christian community is not about us at all. It is about the transforming presence of Christ— all he will do in and through and for each of us." (
Barton, Ruth Haley. Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community, Kindle Locations 246-252)
"The death of our wish dream is really an occasion for great hope" (Ib.), because then God can have his way with us, his people.