More On The Church
I feel my last article about the Church, which began with a lengthy (and dense) quote from Tolstoy, ended on a bad note. Or perhaps not completely bad, just incomplete. I’ve been holding a small discussion with some of my closest conversationalists on the issue, and attempting to iron out more precisely for myself where I believe the proper place is for a non-church-attender to stand on the issue. Or more precisely, what form my tone should take on the issue. I hope to be posting some of the highlights of that discussion in the near future, particularly after I’ve allowed my own thoughts on the matter to become more clear.
All this to say that it is incomplete, though my friend Stephen posted this link on Twitter earlier today, and I found it quite honest, calm, and relatable, more or less what the shape of my tone should, perhaps, be in love.
The article isn’t dead-on with how I feel, but I believe we share many honest sentiments.
Here’s a few lines I pulled from the article:
Periodically on this journey we may go through times when we can’t seem to find any other believers who share our hunger. That’s especially true for those who find that conforming to the expectations of the religious institutions around them diminishes their relationship with Jesus.
Scripture does encourage us to be devoted to one another not committed to an institution.
I make no secret of the fact that I am deeply troubled by the state of organized Christianity. Most of what we call ‘church’ today are nothing more than well-planned performances with little actual connection between believers. Believers are encouraged toward a growing dependency on the system or its leadership rather than on Jesus himself.
Most of us on the journey are accused of being divisive because freedom can be threatening to those who find their security in a religious system.