Tuesday Reflection – week 2

October 4, 2006

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We were assigned our small groups today, and then had a good conversation about Claiborne’s book. I’m glad that other people got into it, and that it wasn’t just me who was blown away by Irresistible Revolution. Other people seemed to struggle with the application of this book as well, and it was neat to hear about what parts of the book stood out to different people.

On a different topic, I am floored by the idea that church culture is so far away from secular culture, that it is almost impossible for people to make the jump. Churches today are basically filled with families that have been Christians forever and the rest of the world is filled with disillusioned Christians or people who have no connection with the church. That is sad. Why is the church doing such a bad job reaching the world? Where did we go so wrong that we are no longer meeting the needs and loving those outside of the church?

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One Response to “Tuesday Reflection – week 2”

  1. Jason said

    The church has LONG shown a perchance for not changing unless absolutely necessary. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolute. What power is more absolute than that of the divine? Even clergy sucumb to the comfort of power and stagnate.

    I think the church’s interaction (or lack there of) with culture is intimately tied to music. If you look at the early catholic church for example, it set forth VERY strict rules for what was acceptable in sacred music. So strict that secular music was unheard of, sacreligious even. As the church expanded and interacted with new cultures, and those cultures interacted with each other, new ideas about music spread. New ideas about art and music were emerging and the church refused to adapt, much like the way it currently refuses to change it’s stance on abstinence being the only way to prevent STD’s and teen pregnancy. Even now, most churches still sing joyless hymns hundreds of years old, all played at the same tempo, that few, if any new members can connect with.

    This stubbornness to change reflects from, I believe, a “holier than thou” attitude. The church presents itself up as the sacred wife of Christ, the divine. Being the perfect role model can obviously be strenuous. In striving for the divine ideal, however, the church misses that it’s the attempt, not the goal, that God is searching for. The church became too wrapped up in it’s own perfectness and thus misses the journey that the rest of the world is on.

    This is not to say that all Christians are this way. I know a few that are pretty open ;-). However, the majority of the “sheep” are following the wrong shephards and don’t know better. As it is now, the church is set up to train the fold to stay put, both physically and idealogically, and thus “Churches today are basically filled with families that have been Christians forever and the rest of the world is filled with disillusioned Christians or people who have no connection with the church.” When the church acknowledges that there are not classes of Christians that are more damned than others, then it will truly become the body of Christ.

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