Church and Change

First of all, just wanted to say that I thought our sessions on Monday went well. I know, I know… those aren’t the easiest things to discuss. I know we all have our own stances on homosexuality and how we approach it. What I appreciated, though, was the fact that y’all didn’t shy away from those conversations, that y’all were real with one another, that you were honest and open to what we were getting at. So… great job y’all.

Last night, Man Time had a really interesting discussion, and, without getting into specifics (thereby breaking the Man Time code), the conversation dealt with the future of our church. It’s somewhat discouraging to talk about these things, especially with the Church facing the increasing threat of irrelevance. So, the question is, what does the Church in our context need to do to stem the tide?

I mean, let’s face it… it’s not like the Church is on the up and up when it comes to public relations. It seems like we’re always hearing stories about sexual abuse, hypocrisy, or some other crime committed by a church official that goes directly against the teaching(s) of Jesus. I really don’t think people have a problem with Jesus… or, at least, I don’t think Jesus, for all that he did and taught and embodied, is the one who should be shouldering the blame. Nope… I think the problem is us… the people… who lose track of what it means to follow Jesus.

Granted, it’s not the easiest thing in the world. Not even close… discipleship ain’t supposed to be easy. But when we stop spending time with the poor, the neglected, the oppressed, the imprisoned, the victims of injustice, the marginalized, then we suffer a problem of integrity… or lack thereof.

I think the core of the problem is that people see a disconnect between what we say/preach in church and how we act… or don’t act… outside of the church’s walls. Does that demand perfection? Yes. Will we be perfect? Heck no. But perhaps we can take a step in the right direction by letting people know we care, that they’re heard, and that we want to spend time with them… all of them… rather than just sitting back and waiting for them to come to us.

Or, at least, that’s what I think. What about you?

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~ by presbytide on October 15, 2008.

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