Church is designed to be a gathering of people and simply a building. But unfortunately that notion of community is as often broken as it is celebrated. That is not more clear than in an article about the church that appeared in the Huffington Post:
Personal or national tragedy (and especially since 9/11) seems to cause a major shift in people’s assessment of church. It is a time when people flock to churches in droves. There is just something about churches that society finds in times of tragedy and hardship. This always fascinates me because the media and general public embrace church or (the idea of church) during a time of crisis, but in times of peace and prosperity, the church seems to become irrelevant again.
Perhaps our struggle comes from our expectations.
We have culturally grown to become spectators – we love watching others do – it allows us to be critical – and in some ways superior – we know better.
And that culturally process has invaded the church. Church has become a spectator sport focused on entertainment – big numbers – providing activities, programs, events, stuff … and the result is we miss out on providing community.
Church … as a place of faith … a place of refuge … a place of healing … a place of acceptance … a place to accepted and loved … is needed now more than ever … it is needed at all times and not just during crisis.
Church is a unique place that can change people’s lives because the community can rally together every day to help one another. That one another thing is big deal in the Bible:
Love one another (Jn 13:34, 15:12, 17; Ro 13:8; 1 Th 3:12, 4:9; 1 Pe 1:22; 1 Jn 3:11)
Through love, serve one another (Ga 5:13)
Tolerate one another in love (Ep 4:2)
And that’s just the start …
Where do you start?
Build community together in your church …
See you Sunday?