Some will use it as an excuse to point out Christianity as bad religion. Unfortunately, many Christians fail God constantly. We all sin against God. He is gracious and forgives us. Our battle with sin is constant. Sometimes we give in.
Rejection is the result of sinful nature. It can come in different forms: open or subtle. Open rejections are the easiest to detect. Most of the time people have no problems to detect open rejection. Subtle rejections can slip through undetected. They are often covered by many things.
You know when you see it. People will ignore you. They might be polite at the basic level: say hello, goodbye, and thanks. But they are not welcoming. You see those people after church, they get together into groups; you are not part of their gatherings. They talk to each other while ignoring you. You try to gain their trust. But they just wouldn't accept you. It hurts.
Eventually, you make a decision to leave the church. This may cause someone to leave God altogether.
This one is the worst. Many people don't see it right away. At first glance, it looks like you have been accepted. You get involved in a Bible Study group. You participate in many activities the church has to offer: Bible Studies, prayer meetings, clubs, picnics, and other things. But it doesn't mean that you will gain acceptance. Subtle rejection doesn't necessarily mean being rejected by the entire church. In my case, it's certain demographics, young people, most of them in their 20s.
I tried to talk to one of the group members. The person told me that I was wrong. The individual explained that the reason why we weren't able to spend time. I knew that the person didn't want to spend any time with me outside the Bible Study because the individual has uploaded a photo on social media where the person was having fun with a bunch of people, including from my church.
After that, I gave up trying to talk with any young person from my church.
Some people suggested that I will find a different church. But I have been involved with my current church at many different levels. I give it to God to confront people. If not here than at the judgement seat.
I have to forgive them. You know it's easier to forgive non-believers. The hardest to forgive fellow Christians. Being rejected is one of the worst feelings.
At this point, I am heartbroken by many things. I pray and hope it will get better soon.
"My brethern, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism." James 2:1
|Rejected people often feel alone and forgotten|