Overheard at a church meeting near you: “I know God will provide for me, but I need to look out for myself. I mean let’s not be foolish here…I’m sure God doesn’t want me to go hungry or anything like that right?”
What does God require of us? What is it that we supply to the One who creates all things, and who says to us “If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains.”? There is one thing we can do and one thing only. We can show up. The church is nothing more than a group of people who show up before God freely while acknowledging it is the only thing they can do. How we have been made free and what it means to show up before God is the area we need to explore together.
The call from darkness into light isn’t an invitation to sit in a spiritual tanning bed.
Most church meetings I’ve attended appear to be a group of believers attempting to maintain their belief and convince someone else to adopt that belief, rather than a gathering of followers mapping out their course and trying to convince someone else to come along for the ride as they go where only Jesus can go.
The first kind of meeting is not only boring it is intellectually offensive; the second is the only kind of meeting Jesus ever conducted.
There is a battle for the heart of any church. The church exists for the mission. It is born within an apostolic context; born on it’s feet moving out into the world with the message of Christ.
It isn’t a place to find security for your children.
It isn’t here to lend legitimacy to your social status.
It doesn’t exist to bless your marriage or to mourn over your death.
It is not here to educate you into a deeper spirituality.
It isn’t designed to be your support group.
It isn’t your holy hideout.
The church does not exist to enrich the lives of Christians, the church exists to enrich the life of the world.
“What is happening is that all of Egypt is being targeted, not just the Christians,” said Fr. Dawoud, a priest at the Virgin Mary church. “Enough! People are getting sick and tired of this.” – reporting on a shooting at a Christian wedding this week
Religion cannot tolerate competition for its affections. It will oppress, suppress, depress, or deny all people trying to live in its vicinity.