I am wondering if the church as we know it now is making any sense. Why do we have to concentrate so much on Sunday mornings if the “church” is not only Sunday mornings? Why we need to concentrate so much on bringing people to a service if the Church is not a place? Why we need to worry so much if we are self supported instead of supporting each other? Why we need to concentrate in our credentials before the denomination if people outside of our churches are not looking for credentials but for sincere, real and honest love? Why we need to care if we are fellowship, a charter church, a community if the church is not an institution? or is it? Isn’t the church the Body of Christ? isn’t the Church the people? If I go to a bar and meet with a group of people, am I at church? What if instead of Sunday services we have weekly meals together? is that church also?. Today while having coffee with a dear friend, he shared with me that we should start a place call “The First Church of the Pharisees” , I though it was pretty funny because then if they call us hypocrites thats ok!! we are pharisees, but if we don’t have any name at all! If they ask us what is your denomination? “well, I don’t know we are no-non-denomination, or just people. If they ask us, so when are your services? “Any time, we just wait for an invitation to share a meal together” are you traditional or contemporary? “well we are non-traditional and non-contemporary, that’s is so relative because if I was raised in a traditional church everything new is contemporary; but if I was raised in a contemporary church everything traditional is new. Who cares if you are or if you are not!!! I think what we know as church today sometimes doesn’t make sense…….
Henry Nouwen said
“The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness. It is important to think about the Church not as “over there” but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.”