"That's the problem with institutions isn't it? The institution provides something more important than simply loving each other in the same way we've been loved. Once you build an institution together you have to protect it and its assets to be good stewards. It confuses everything. Even love gets redefined as that which protects the institution and unloving as that which does not. It will turn some of the nicest people in the world into raging maniacs and they never stop to think that all the name-calling and accusations are the opposite of love."
From So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore, By Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman
For the record: I deeply love the church... the people. But I'm not a huge fan of the institutional church.
If this quote is correct, does my lack of love for the institution put a target on me for some unloving reactions from those who love the institution?
Do I need to love the instution to have healthy relationships with the people?
To be fair, I am finding that many of my brothers and sisters still do accept me. But I am aware of the potential of being misunderstood.
Do you think this quote is accurate? I'd love to hear your thoughts?