In response to one of my posts about the mistaken identity of the church, I got an interesting comment from a guy named Michael who expressed some concerns because he felt I was using too broad of a brush stroke when I spoke of pastors and others getting fearful over people finding alternative methods of expressing their faith. I felt it was significant enough to devote a post to it. Let me quote him here:
So as I was sitting at a dance recital (of all places) last night, mulling things over while watching what was happening on stage…out of the blue this thought came into my head:
“Be the change you want to see.”
It was so profound I wished I had my laptop there so I could blog about it in the dark and irritate lots of people around me. But something told me someone else had come up with this phrase before me, so I Googled it when I got home.
Dang you, Gandhi.
Heather began her latest post with a monologue of hype many of us churched folks have heard–about going to the next level, getting fresh vision…well, heck, read it for yourself:
“I’ve decided. I’m going to the next level in God. I’m going to be empowered by an incredible, enthusiastic, visionary leader and take this city for Christ. I’m going to be a vibrant, passionate, charismatic believer who takes excellence seriously. I’m joining a vibrant, contemporary, growing church with a powerful message that impacts the world and has a vision statement that involves loving life, loving people and loving God. I’m getting connected to a small group that will move me into that next level and take me into the unknown, teaching me to drink that living water and walk by faith. I have a vision for this nation, I’m going to see revival sweep across this land.”
I’m reading a book right now that, quite honestly, is ticking me off.
I’ll withhold the title of it until I’m finished with it, then I’ll write you a nice scathing review. But it’s one that’s been going around and talked about, and one that a number of bloggers have already reviewed, about some things that traditional church does that have nothing to do with the Bible. Knowing what this blog is about, you’d think I’d be all over this one–and it does contain some useful information–but the overall tone of the book is just ruining the experience for me. It’s preachy and dogmatic, and even angry…and the authors’ solutions for what the church should really look like are, in my opinion, just as legalistic as the traditions I’m trying to get away from. Something inside me keeps saying, “Yes, we need to re-think this stuff…but nah, THIS isn’t the way to go about it.” What good is it to trade off one form of legalism for another?