Heart to Heart
Sunday 28 September 2014
A study of the Revelation churches has led me to a book by contemporary Christian author, Brian McLaren. McLaren is challenging the ways we “do Church”, the extra bits we’ve hung onto the Gospel which we sometimes confuse for the Gospel.
Consider this quote: “the more one respects Jesus, the more one must be brokenhearted, embarrassed, furious, or some combination thereof when one considers what we Christians have done with Jesus. That’s certainly true when it comes to calling Jesus Lord, something we Christians do a lot, often without the foggiest idea of what we mean. Has he become (I shudder to ask this) less our Lord and more our Mascot?” (Brian McLaren)
It’s a strong critique and a stern warning. Could it be that what non Christians dislike most is not Jesus but what we have done with Jesus? And here is another quote:
“What if the Christian faith is supposed to exist in a variety of forms rather than just one imperial one? What if it is both more stable and more agile—more responsive to the Holy Spirit—when it exists in these many forms? And what if, instead of arguing about which form is correct and legitimate, we were to honor, appreciate, and validate one another and see ourselves as servants of one grander mission, apostles of one greater message, seekers on one ultimate quest?”
Wow! What a difference this may make to the ones who don’t come in to Church – if we stopped controlling and started appreciating every form of Church that popped up?
Lots of love
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