More Like Pharisees
..how is it that Jesus was a magnet for prostitutes and tax collectors – the two most despised classes of sinners in Jesus’ day – while the Church repels these types of people, just as the Pharisees did? The answer, I submit, is as inescapable as it is challenging. The Church, as a whole, is simply more like the Pharisees than it is like Jesus.
– Greg Boyd (via)
I’ve conversed quite a bit recently, mostly internally, on the idea of church in general. Much of it references the distinction between the church and the Church, between the general idea of those who follow Christ’s teaching and the Pharisaic institution that the organized religion became long ago. I’m appreciative of all those who’ve offered their insight and stories on the matter, and have been willing to examine the issue with me.
Greg Boyd’s essay, The Religionless Church Of The Future, from which the quote above comes, offers an accurate illustration of the same religiosity that frustrates me. In much of my sorting out the pieces and remembering that Love applies as much to religiously ignorant people as it does to anyone, the only peace I continue to find is not the divorce of a system included in “the world” but willing marginalization.
- Posts about the Church as an institution (1, 2)
- More on this blog about Greg Boyd
- A quote by Wendell Berry
- More on the Journey To Love