The Church? Why.
I hate religion but I love Jesus. By now many, if not millions, have seen the Jeff Belhite video on youtube. In our circle time a general thought was Belhite was slamming church, as currently practiced, denominations and just organized religion. In our group we talked about how church has to have all these rules and exclusions and such things – that hypocrisy thing.
Sometimes I’m puzzled by such things. Now I acknowledge Jesus never excluded sinners or foreigners or outcasts. He did tell many people (the Pharisees) that they would not be part of the Kingdom of Heaven due to their hard hearts. Paul was a little more explicit as well. Without faith, living faith that includes works according to James, the light of heaven was not coming for you.
And the charge that church has all these rules. I get it I hope but the questions we talked about concerned whether we want to know this warm and fuzzy Jesus, or just the Jesus revealed by the historical quests for the man, or this Jesus who died so everyone is forgiven whether we acknowledge Jesus or not. These things can get really out of control pretty quickly and we are left with this idea that Jesus is whoever we want Him to be.
In the letter to the Hebrews, the readers are admonished not to give up gathering together – not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching, from The Message, verses 22-25.
Maybe that’s the important part – its not about us anymore but walking through all of this together. By this type of walking together, maybe we can stop that feeling of being out of control as to who we see as this Jesus guy and I think doing that walking together is in fact what we need to be recognizing as the true church.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.