Yesterday’s post and some other variables have contributed to me really analyzing what I call the church. My job is focused on developing relationships with students and leaders and to help coordinate the programs that are directed toward students and more specifically, high school students. That seems trivial to describe it that way, but I’ve been pretty convicted, lately, on the word “church”.
I, like so many others, would say, “I’m going to the church to meet (fill in the blank).” And it seems like nothing to say that that way, but it means a ton when it jades our view of what the church actually is and how important my view of the church changes how I view the church.
See, of my biggest concerns from yesterday’s post, at the top of that list is a fear that we (younger generations) don’t see the importance of the entirety of the Church. We dismiss the older generations that have relegated themselves to “rules” and “legalism” and fail to experience “grace” and “genuine recognition of their lives.” And the reality is, the moment that I dismiss or even begin to show resentment for that group of people, is the moment that I am the exact person that Paul is speaking about in 1 Corinthians 12 when he talks about dividing the parts of the Body and not finding purpose in being joined to differing parts.
The reality is, the Church is no building. That was a major point to Jesus’ theology as he preached and began to describe his death, resurrection, and Second Coming. When Jesus clears the temple courts in John 2, he specifically says that he can prove his authority by raising up the temple again in three days. The point was, the teachers thought he was talking about the building when he actually was talking about his Body. Later, Peter will relate this temple that is being built up as the people of God, the Body of Christ, into the completed temple that is being rebuilt.
The point of all this is, I’m convicted to end my careless use of a word that is meant to describe something that is infinitely more powerful, uncomprehendingly transformative, and unequivocally more grace-filled, than some empty, groupings of bricks, mortar and metal. The Church is you and me and my grandparents and your cousins and our friends and the homeless man and the girl from Taco Bell.
So, I’ll see ya at the ministry that I work at. Stop by. I’ll be glad to meet you there.
Honestly, I have no idea why this is a big deal to me right now. And I really don’t think this is going to make my life, or anyone else who talks to me about the building, any easier or more accurate. But, I do know this- I want my love for Jesus and my love for his Church to permeate from my soul and my character. And apparently, this is that God wants to challenge me. So, I figured I would share!
What about you? What words are you using to describe things that perhaps should be a different way around?