I’m going to change up a little here on my blog…would like some feedback from those reading it…
musing present participle of muse (Verb)
I’ve been absorbed in thought about a lot of things…lately it’s been in and about ministry, my role in ministry as well as my relationship with God and the others around me and their relationship with God.
A lot of times the first question that would pop into your head about me thinking about your relationship with God is it’s none of my business. Perhaps directly maybe it’s not, but indirectly it certainly is. My JOB is to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. As a minister of the gospel, that’s our jobs is to minister…but NOT just ministers but as children of God we should be building the kingdom, enlarging Heaven. The real question here is, how?
What does God want me to do? What does God want you to do? This is really where the musing part of this comes in. Over the past few months, really probably longer than that, I’ve come across people who claim they don’t have to go to church or don’t want to because of the judgmental, Pharisaical, or hypocritical attitude of “the church.”
WHAT!? The church is judgmental, Pharisaical, or hypocritical? Sadly alot of the time that IS true. I think I can say that because I am the church…well, we are the church, but I’ve been guilty of that. I say that in sadness, with regret. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on the church. I love the church. I think we need the church, we need accountability, we need to encouragement, and we need to encourage. We need to celebrate victories one with another, and also to grieve together.
BUT, here’s the second part…the A-Musing part…okay not amusing…perhaps confusing. A large majority of people who claim they don’t go to church because of the judgmental, Pharisaical, or hypocritical are ones that also say they are Christians and they are doing the very same thing just in reverse order.
Instead of going to church trying not to be the people that they are claiming they don’t want to be, they are not going to church being the people that they are claiming that are keeping from church in the first place. AMUSING isn’t it!? Instead of not being the people in the church judging the people outside the church, they are the people outside the church judging the people inside the church…which one is better?
So, where do we go from here? Do I go to church and hope I can keep from becoming the person that keeps others from coming to church? Can I stay out of church and stay focused on God and His plan for my life? (me, probably not) Another musing question: What is church really? Are you playing games with church…not in the literal sense…I don’t think that you’re taking Monopoly to church and expecting to play games…I mean has it turned into a religious ritual in which you do to make yourself feel better, or to keep your husband or wife off your back, or just because that’s “what you’re supposed to do?”
Do you go to get your feel good on so you can make it another week, or do you take something away from your service that you can atcually use, that you can apply to your life that day or that week?
That’s all of my musings for my new Monday Musings…would love to hear your thoughts on my musings…anyone?