Refuse to be Passive

Humble Submission to Christ’s Body, the Church

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Who knew the life of the unemployed could be so busy! I think I’m busier now than when I worked full time and I can’t help but wonder why. You’d think that having 40 extra hours in the week would allow you to get it all done. But I digress. Time to talk about the next mark!

 

Humble Submission to Christ’s Body, The Church

 

In this day and age there are many people who are angry at, or have been hurt by the church as an institution. They view the church as a place filled with hypocrites. And while they still agree with the teachings of Jesus, the church is a judgemental and harsh place to them.

I suppose I am amongst those who would consider themselves disenfranchise or disillusioned with the conventional church. While I label myself as a Christ follower, I don’t link myself to a specific denomination. Too often through church history, the faith has been used as an excuse for the abuse of power. Dietrich Bonheoffer said that when the church and state combine, the church becomes the state’s hoar. Isn’t that the truth? With so much humanity in the church, it’s not hard to see how it becomes corrupted. And the truly heinous acts of a few wind up painting all Christians with the same brush.

But to say that one is a Christian but doesn’t attend Church; to choose to listen to podcasts in the safety of one’s own home; to simply read but never engage; that is not the life of a Christian. If you take the time to read the gospels, you’ll see that Christ preaches within the context of Relationship. While Christ often removed himself to solitary places to pray, he always comes back to his disciples—to his community. He is always surrounded by people, eating, preaching, and interacting with them—taking part in their lives. This is our call as Christ followers.

As human beings, we are made to be social creatures. We need others to keep us accountable, and to help us develop into our full potential. As such, we need a Christian community to work with us through celebration and sorrow. And just as they are there for us, we can be there for them. They say that friends are the family you choose, and that you become like those you surround yourself with. Surround yourself with like-minded people, and you will become the person you want to be.

Another reason to stay connected with the church, is that it keeps you accountable. While the church can stray from the scriptures, we need people in the church to keep it accountable. Beyond that, the church keeps us from take the scriptures and twisting it towards our own sinful desires.

You were made for community. I was made for community. The church is not the building, but the people. Surround yourself with people who can challenge your beliefs and support you in your faith. Whether it’s in a church building, a café, or around the dinner table, don’t forget to be a part of the body of Christ.

You are but one part of a bigger whole. Play your roll, and support others along the way. When you play the role God created you for, and so does everyone else, you will find support and accountability. You will find that the church that so often hurts, can often heal. With your support, you can grow and develop together. At the centre of it all is Christ. And if we can’t gather together around Him, we need to re-evaluate our faith.

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