Acts 10:34 "...God is no respecter of persons:"
Churches have them. Youth groups have them. Christian schools and Bible colleges even have them. What are they? These little, exclusive, close-knit phenomenons called cliques.
Often it is hard to explain how they work...but cliques are interesting to observe. I have personally seen young people brought to tears by being excluded. (This happened to my children in fact). Church people have dropped out because they felt like an outsider never really fitting in with the inner circle of the congregation. Preachers and pastors have their cliques as well.
What clicks for a clique? Exactly what do you do or how do you look to be a clique-ee? How does that potential "clique-or" apply to be a "clique-ee"? I believe some people become part of or get involved in cliques without even realizing they are. We have to become aware that we are in danger of being guilty of this. I also believe that every church is guilty of having these in their midst. Some churches are more guilty of them than others.
Even at preaching conferences it's true. One guest speaker or missionary gets the Hilton with room service while another gets Motel 6 and the light is burnt out. Surely this appears to be "respecter of persons". Granted there are budgets, limitations and constraints that have to be considered. But churches must be careful not to treat any one preacher any differently than another.
There is no excuse for cliques!!!
In some churches it seems that the stranger is not welcome. The attitude is "Who are you and what are you doing here"? Granted...not all people are out-going people who are comfortable with talking with people they don't know. There are some loners among us who make no effort or have any desire to fit in or fellowship with the people in the church.
We as God's people and His church must never be the obstacle to a soul coming to Christ or another believer in need of encouragement connecting with brothers and sisters in Christ for help.
So click off on cliques for there should be no place for these in God's House.
***Taken from an article in a "The Voice in the Wilderness" publication.