What Is The Church So Afraid Of?
What Are We So Afraid Of?
In the History of the Christian Church (or perhaps religions as a whole) the church organization has not taken criticism very well. e.g Martin Luther’s 95 theses and the denominational fracturing of the unity of the church that soon followed and has continued on to this present day.
The Judaism rejected Jesus, the catholic church rejected Martin Luther, and pastors reject those who open their big mouths about anything that might not be right. The church often rejects science that seems to even question something in the Bible. Questioning the Bible often does not result in intelligent answers but humiliation in having even asked and that is a tragedy.
So what are we afraid of?
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Why are we so afraid to change how we do things? Why is it that some people are treated as though they are wrong or invalidated when they do not fit into the church mold, instead of seeing these people as an opportunity for the church to develop?
Whats that you say? Church is done exactly how it should be? Remind me how church was done right after Jesus ascended into heaven… Oh the Jewish disciples went into the synagogues with others Jews and took that opportunity to talk about Jesus? And when they were kicked out of the synagogues they started meeting in each other’s homes DAILY? It wasn't until about 240 AD that a place of meeting comes onto the scene and it is some time before it is in wider use. Jumping ahead in time, if you go to a “grandma” church verses going to a “modern” church, you will see how much difference 60 years makes. Now tell me we know exactly how to “do” church. I don't think you can.
It seems to me that some of the things that the church has done in reaction to criticism are the very things that the church wishes to hide away in the sands of time. It is time that the church takes action rather than reaction so that it can make strategic changes; other wise we will continue to react and the changes made will not be made out of true godly consideration but out of the interests of keeping the status quo. The same can be said for those who react against the church and throw the baby out with the bathwater.
If I must question the church organization let it not be seen as an attack, some great awakening, or the start of something new. Let it be seen as a member of the church being apart of the church. I am not leaving “the church organization” and I am not trying to make the church into “my image.” I am apart of the church and I love it. I am looking to be obedient to God and to see others know God through the church.
So I ask again: What are we afraid of?