To those following me, I might just keep with the “Sabbatical” theme as I post over the next few weeks, so bare with me as I unload all the wonderful insights I gleaned over my 6 months off. (Tongue firmly planted in cheek)
Not sure where I am going with this thought, so I will try to be brief and concise. (okay maybe just concise)
Recently, I received a number of emails (a sort of spam I suppose), inviting me to new church/ christian events/ church plants and the sort and something shocked me about all of these emails/ facebook invites and so on. Nothing has changed since I first arrived here 5 years ago! All of the invites are exactly the same as they were then, with the names and dates changed. To be honest it depressed me. All had the same focus, theology and purpose. I suddenly realized how slow christians progress in this world, and how slow we are to learn from what we’ve done.
This has made me approach entering back into ministry a lot more slowly. I don’t want to jump back in and keep doing the same old stuff over and over again. (And in my opinion it’s that “stuff” that has lead to much of our impotence over the past year). Again, this thought is incomplete, but I am hoping to work it out with everyone this Sunday as we engage and try to address our real needs in community and not our made up fake ones.
I guess what I am saying is that there is a huge disconnect between who we think we are and who we actually are. And this false living is what keeps our churches from progressing. We keep doing the same stuff because no one is being honest (or perhaps they can’t) about what they really need. Therefore all that changes (over 5 years) is the model and none of the heart stuff. And seriously who would blame ABC church, especially when their “people” tell them they still need Worship music, Preaching and more information concerning apologetics.
But it’s my guess they (I) don’t really need this.
But they think they (I) do.
Or rather, they (I) believe they (I) do.
Please people, let us be honest with ourselves and try to be more self aware. If you say that preaching is really important to your life and you haven’t listened to a sermon, read a book on the topic or attended a church, then you’re lying to yourself.
If you think worship music is the key to your growth and haven’t gone to a worship event, listened to worship music or “again’ attended a church that provides this, then you are lying to yourself.
And I am pretty sure I can repeat these statements for a number of items… including “care for the poor,” homelessness, diseases, physical fitness, healthy eating, any outreach, or generous giving of finances.
And just so you know, it’s not my job to convince you that you do believe these things and should do them. You need to realize that you don’t believe them, so that you can build it back in a healthy way and start to realize what it means to truly believe something.
All I can do is journey with you. We can struggle together. Be honest together. And support each other as we remove all our beliefs in order to truly believe again.