We cannot build on a negative

A lot of life is lived in reaction.  We aren’t always the most proactive people so it seems like we are playing catch-up rather often.  The same is true for the way we connect with church.

Quick think of 5 negative things about church…easy right?  But what is that building?  I have read book after book and blog after blog about the way institutional church, corporate Christianity, etc. are killing the message of Jesus.  Maybe it’s all true, I don’t know.  Why are putting so much energy into explaining it and analyzing it?!?

We cannot control every leader and we certainly can’t build on a negative.  Deep fellowship cannot be built on a hatred for Sunday morning niceties.  True discipleship cannot be built on a dislike for programs. Connection to God cannot be born out of an irritation with the way communion is served.  Isaiah 57:14 says “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”  Even this blog post is somehow ironically tied to the negative!  To quote Switchfoot, ‘if we’re adding to the noise, turn off this song.’

What I am really trying to say is this…each church is different…each church has it’s function and dysfunction…but God’s mission on earth has these churches.

Bottom line is…that going forward each Pastor/leader/Apostle must be able to look in the mirror and honestly say whatever mode, structure, model or mission they embrace is born out of a sense of obedience and call to share the gospel, bring about the kingdom of God and see people transformed.

Truth: The solid historical church needs us wacky misfit missional folks and we need them.


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