I recently picked up a book called “Houses that Change the World” by Wolfgang Simson, and find it to be challenging.
I am not going to review the book so much as pull statements and concept out to discuss with the reader.
The first quote I want to share with you caught my eye, and then after some considering left me with no argument and the memory of a story.
“The image of much contemporary Christianity could be summarized as holy people coming regularly to a holy place on a holy day at a holy hour to participate in a holy ritual led by a holy man dressed in holy clothes for a holy fee”
How often have I rounded up the family to bring them to a scheduled church meeting, all the while creating within those I love a disdain for church meetings, erecting walls to discussions that were completely unnecessary.
I remember a time when one of my sons was struggling with a personal issue during a sermon, causing a minor disturbance. At the time, he was about 16 years old.
For the sake of the show and the audience, he was “shut down quickly”, and the matter was swept under the rug. Two deacons actually got involved, and my son was out the door. Life (that is, the relationship between my son and a congregant within the church) was happening at that point. The deacons saw the show/program/sermon as being the priority and the my son as the exception, the disturbance.
I understand the logic of the greater good – that is the audience came to hear a message and should not be interrupted.
But that is my point.
What is the purpose of meeting together as believers?
To hear one man spend time telling you what to believe? How to live?
I much rather see someone walk the walk, and then spend time with him or her. I think that may be what the apostles did.
May I suggest in the church I hope for, when interpersonal relationships conflict, the body of Christ focuses on people, and not a program.
Programs conflict with people.
My son didn’t come back to that church, if I remember correctly. As a matter of fact, the church was fairly consistent in this behavior of prioritizing program over people.
We eventually left the church, finding work in another city.
If any who are reading this and have found what I am describing, please let me know. If any are hungry for church life that “connects”, that is living and breathing, reach out. Others may be able to help you.
Comment as you see fit. I always love hearing from you.
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