#ec1dot35 - Going to Church. Being the Church
If you have ever heard someone say, “you don’t just go to church, you are the church” and didn’t quite understand what they meant, this is the episode for you!
Inspired by the loud voice of social media, we tackle the tension of going to church and being the church on this week’s episode of Another Empty Conversation.
The time has arrived for Another Empty Conversation - a show that lets you eavesdrop on a conversation about faith and following Jesus. We talk about our faith so you can talk about yours.
Welcome you to Empty Conversation episode 1dot35, and here, have some warm greetings from all of us here at Empty Church. Thank you for trusting us with your time and we hope to reward your investment with some insight about what it means to be a Christian.
There is a growing tension in the American church between merely attending church and actively being the church, but one question that is rarely associated with the discussion is “How does a person become the church?” Going to church is a scheduling issue for most. They set time aside and use some means of transportation to arrive at a destination.
Being the church usually involves some acts of service to neighbors, co-workers, and those we share the planet with.
One group of people emphasize the importance of one over the other. My parents, for example, hail church attendance as the single greatest act of Christian worship. If you don’t go to church then you are heading toward hell.
Another group of people declares that sitting in church pews and partaking in the sacraments doesn’t change the world because the world is not sharing the same church pews. The church pews of the world are bar stools and the sacraments are sex, drugs, and cheeseburgers. Therefore, if the church wants to change the world they must exit the church walls and engage the people where they are.
And you know what? Both points are absolutely correct.
It's the tension of what it means to be a Christian and it makes up for a fantastic discussion with the EC crew. So let’s get right to it.
So I will see you in church on Sunday, right? Or will I see you mowing your neighbor's lawn in the name of Jesus? The discussion, no doubt will endlessly continue because we are meant to be caught between the two extremes. It is the tension of now and not yet and it is always welcome here at Empty Church. We’d love to where you stand on the topic. Hit us up on the social network where you found our podcast and if you like what you heard be sure to subscribe on iTunes, the GooglePlay store, or with the podcast player of your choice. That wraps another great discussion, doesn’t it?