Moorings is both a nautical term and used figuratively to signify a basis of security. It is known that more important than the actual content of what is presented is the fellowship as in friendships and relationships in helping someone to become aligned with this or that group. I think this has even been said for those in the church.
When I think of this in terms of the church, I’m thinking both of staying as well as entering. At the same time I wouldn’t suggest that one’s faith couldn’t and therefore shouldn’t withstand a barrage of conflict and difficulty from others, and worst of all, neglect. Nor am I suggesting that it’s all about loving others to keep them in the flock. Though love in the letter to the Colossians is called “the perfect bond of unity.”
As humans we have a strong sense of need to belong. Our identities are formed within that context, or malformed when it is lacking. Unfortunately the group or fellowship one might find may not be good.
We in Jesus are supposed to know the greatest love of all, God’s love in Jesus. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” This is a love which looks for the lost and is one heart with the found.
The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. So that whatever deficiencies we encounter in the church can be overcome. But a basic way this human need of belonging is met is through the gospel itself. A good news which tells the world and brings into reality through God the basis for this new life in the community, indeed the kingdom of God, the people of God, his sons and daughters, indeed family, in and through Jesus.