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Monday, January 5, 2015
As a writer, I feel I have hit a home run when I post a blog that receives the
most comments. It is a grand slam when the comments run pro and con!! The past 5 days have been spent in the home of dear lifetime friends. We spent hours talking--discussing--agreeing and disagreeing. I love every minute as these discussions always sharpen me--cause me to think--work to bring further spiritual maturing. We all need someone in our lives to keep us on our toes.
While I was with them, I posted THIS after one of our discussions. It created a stir and some very interesting comments, on the blog as well as on Facebook. Unfortunately, since I was away from my computer, I was not able to respond to each and every one of you. While thinking this over and further discussion which came from your comments, I believe we need to stay with this subject of "The Church" until we have gone a little deeper.
The discussion began because of my quandary as to what I should do with my disappointment over "The Church". As written in the first post, I finally made the complete circle and realized-I AM THE CHURCH. My finger became firmly pointed at my own breast. I do not have a solution, but I now have a direction.
God intends us to be in community. In the early New Testament church, this community consisted of Home Churches. I have friends who are members of home churches today. As we talked over the idea of home church, the most significant question was accountability. Who could disagree after the last few decades that accountability is always a good idea? The temptation to place ourselves in the position of the ultimate authority, when we are not looking at least to a contemporary for clarification, is too great. Iron sharpens iron--and we are not God--and need to be reminded of that!
One of the well taken points during our discussions, was the need to find a church that fits. There is a very good reason churches come in all flavors and sizes--we are all individuals and one size and flavor does not fit all. In my lifetime, before my move to the big city, I had made a slow progression from a very small church to a medium size church of several hundred members. I moved to the big city and jumped into a mega church. This may have been a less than wise move. I love the teaching I am hearing--BUT mega churches are very easy to get lost in.
Some of us enjoy the anonymity of being lost in the crowd. No one to corner you and ask you to volunteer for something you do not care to do. I have spent a lifetime trying to assuage the guilt from saying "NO". That little two letter word is the most difficult word in the English language for me to get out. Guilt and my need to please tie my tongue in knots when I am asked, "Would you?" I KNOW there is nothing wrong with saying "No", but because of Who I am--it is extremely difficult. I say "Yes" and then gripe, complain, and whine---NOT God pleasing for sure. In the HUGE crowd of the mega church, very seldom am I approached since I am invisible. However, we are all called to serve and with anonymity we are tempted to only be spectators.
SO---I AM THE CHURCH---YOU ARE THE CHURCH---our challenge is to find the community of believers that is the right size and flavor. God intends for us to be in community--my charge is finding where He intends for me to be.
Although we spent hours talking all this over, there will only be at least one more blog on this subject---tomorrow "The Weak Link".