Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Corporate Churchianity

This summer has brought me interesting opportunities that have left me meeting many different families who have many different takes on the Christian life. In sharing bits and pieces with me I was speechless to hear what’s important to these individuals. I don’t get out much, so this was quite an education.

Remodeling church buildings to look more like the world.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Leaving the toddler at home and dragging your preschoolers to a different state for a week so they can be left with camp baby sitters from 6:30am until 10:30pm while you ‘disciple’ other people’s children.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7

Starting another program to fix a problem or meet a need.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:3-8

Having children in service for a month while pouring another wad of the budget into new buildings and a playground for the children’s ministry and calling the church ‘integrated’.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14

Having the family sleeping at the church because there is so much to do before the grand opening of the new building.

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

Being so bent on perfection that you can not select an elder board in three years.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Being the sole leader in a church, and unwilling to admit error or take suggestions.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 1 Peter 5:6

I think I'd better go take a peek at what planks are sticking out of my eye.

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