I found a book called “Finding Church” by Wayne Jacobsen, and am on my second reading. During my reading yesterday I came across a story he recounts of his grand daughters coming over to visit, and spending time in his wife’s garden.
During the visit, grandpa corrected one of the little girls on how to correctly rake some mulch. Another time, a little girl was instructed to ask gramma if she could pick a flower.
As the visit comes to a close, and the grandkids are on thier way home, gramma turns to grandpa and say’s….
“Why do you make rules in my garden? There’s nothing my grandkids can do in that garden that I can’t fix in ten minutes after they’ve gone. I don’t care how many flowers they pick; that’s why I grow them.
The only thing I want is for them to enjoy being in my garden.“
Obviously this discourse applies directly to the message Wayne is trying to communicate. God’s garden, the church, is intended to be an environment of joy and freedom, not rules and restrictions.
So lets consider this. How often have I taken my children to church and the majority (if not all) of my instruction to them was restrictive.
- Don’t run there.
- Don’t laugh.
- Don’t interrupt the teacher.
- Don’t talk to your friend in class.
- Don’t express doubts.
- Don’t be late for class.
- Don’t express dissatisfaction with the status quo.
- Don’t ignore required church appearances – You know what I mean
- implied dress codes.
- church speak.
- social acquaintances.
- Don’t ask questions.
- Don’t ask hard questions.
- Don’t challenge accepted teaching.
- (Ok that last one was for me!)
How often have you entered “the sanctuary” and felt the need to have extra respect for a building, a room, a temple made by hands.
Yet the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands….
Next time you enter a church “building”, consider where you are. It is just a building with rules required by men.
Break free of this thinking.
WARNING WARNING WARNING
When Stephen broke free and declared that the Most High does not live in houses built by human hands, he paid a price….)
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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