My friend, who is in the process of leaving a church he’s attended for 8 1/2 years, made this comment in a conversation Tuesday:

The biggest problem to me with that [church] model is that it keeps it’s members busy doing things to attract other people, and in the end the people doing all the work are destracted from doing what God want us to do the most: love him and others. This is my take from being on a worship team for 8 years. In the end I spend a lot of time doing things for the team, but never really came away challanged to follow Jesus more (except through worship) or love other people.


I began our REVOLUTIONARY Café last night by reading this great piece by my great friend Miller, and it is definitely worth a read. I think it puts into perspective some of the language that has popped up repeatedly in recent years regarding Christian discipleship. It’s probably why Shane Claiborne calls himself an “ordinary radical.” (but, as Miller points out, he probably doesn’t do an adequate job of describing the day-in-day-out, often un-glamorous nature of the “revolution”). Do read.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I asked a bunch of teenagers last night what they thought Christianity cared about. They said “homosexuality, money (by that they meant give me $1000 if I heal your son), and getting others in our group (and by our group they meant our denomination…more specifically our church building).”

    It is funny and sad to me that our faith merely speaks to issues rather than why and how to live life to the fullest now. We speak about issues on earth, and we talk about the fact that we will start living when we are dead in heaven.

    I realized 2 things last night:
    1) I want no part of a faith that is merely concerned with “hot topic” issues now and “wishing and hoping” for heaven later.
    2) I, all too often, promote this same faith by the way I speak, live, and pray.(ouch…)


  2. That quote of your friend’s is so true.

    Churches are either: 1) dead and inactive, like old school churches our grandparents attend or 2) keep the members so busy doing activities that over time, the life gets squashed out of them.


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