I am taking this from a comment I posted at Wade Tannehill’s blog. If you have not been there, it is definately worth a look. A link can be found in my sidebar. His post was on A Church Without Walls. Let me know what you think and what we can do to make this better:
We have replaced “sharing our lives” with “doing church.” We have replaced the heart of the gospel with checkboxes. We have been so eager to get it right and follow it to the very letter that we left behind the heart and soul of what it is all about. The Bible says sing, so we sing. It says baptize so we baptize. It says they took the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week and we do that. We have become reductionists. We have reduced our 100% consistent practices to only those things that can be accomplished in a once a week action that requires little or no investment or change in our lives. Generally speaking if it doesn’t fit on the Order of Worship, we don’t do it!
What have we missed? What about the “one another” passages? What about getting beyond the surface level in our relationships? What about transformation? What about loving our neighbor and loving our God? What about practicing hospitality? What about being the people He calls us to be? What good is coming into a room of strangers (who God happens to see as our family) for an hour a week and getting a whole bunch of actions right and then leaving, never to see those people again until next week? When we move to a checkbox mentality, we move away from God. When we take our faith outside the walls of the church and into each other’s lives, we move closer to God’s intention and his heart. We need to be so in love with other Christians that we can’t wait to see them again. In fact the longing to be with them may actually motivate us to call them during the week or see them when they are sick or have them over for dinner or even share with them what we are struggling with!
I get so tired of attitudes that say: Let’s hope what God wants of us doesn’t take more than an hour to accomplish. Let’s hope nothing makes us uncomfortable or challenges the way we live.
This all reminds us that there is so much work to be done. This starts with us. It starts with us modeling a better life. How can we blame people for a lack of hospitality if we are not willing to start the ball rolling? This really challenges me to do better. Thank you Wade.