Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'church' is too much a

'church' is too much a production. I'm sure jesus would hate it too.


Mike Edwards said...

Just don't confuse an event that modern society calls "church" with the identity of the people God calls church.

Karin said...

Depends on the church.

I have an idea of a church, an idea of a very simple service with people who really care about each other but also for the people around them and in the wider world.

There would be a lot of love, forgiveness and acceptance of faults and differences. While the service would be simple and meaningful it would take into account the tastes and needs of all the members of the congregation, too, as far as possible. Don't know if I'll ever find it, but some churches might come close.

I'm wondering about Quakers. Their service is pretty simple, and to some extent it's up to you what goes on.

Anonymous said...

Don't be too sure. Check out God's instructions to the Israelites for the tabernacle. Didn't make sense to me. but then I'm not God.
I also thinks Jesus speaks to this when the grateful woman poured the perfume on Him and was scolded because she "could have used the money for the poor". I think the point of this was that God deserves to be worshipped and He doesn't have a problem with the investment of time and money into His worship. Its not JUST about practical needs. I think he would say the same thing to people who want to eliminate church worship entirely and instead go out and do service projects completely in lieu of church. There is a balance there.
I think we have to be very careful to approach God with an open mind and ask HIM for the truth instead of us pretty much overlaying how we think it should be.