American culture is a culture of comfort. It’s being sold to us everywhere we look. We’re encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs. The Christian faith, though, is just that: uncomfortable.
Following Jesus isn't a solo activity. When we're brought into the family of God as adopted children, we're brought into a community with our fellow brothers and sisters. But where there's a group of people, there is bound to be discomfort, disagreements, awkward moments, and just plain people who annoy us. Part of being in community is embracing the discomfort because it teaches us to love others like Jesus loves us.
The Christian life—especially when it comes to being part of a church community—is full of discomfort and awkwardness. After all, Jesus calls us to "deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him." But God uses these challenges to help us know Him better. Instead of searching for our perfect, "dream church," let's embrace the uncomfortable and difficult parts of the Christian life in order to grow and experience the depth of Christian community.