I long for the day when the church will leave the building. I don't mean entirely leave the building, but rather I'm talking about the church being "the church" outside of the four walls - out in the community where people really live. I would love to see the day when we realize that there are many different ways to "do" church and many different places. At the same time I would never want to see the traditional church service abandoned completely. I think the key is to do what works. For some that is the traditional service. For others it may be something very different. Come to think of it, Jesus rarely did his teaching in a church. In fact, he rarely met in buildings at all. He was out where the people were.
Something happened this week that left me frustrated. Actually it made me quite angry. I'm not angry anymore but it still saddens me because it involves my church and I care deeply about my church and want what's best for it and I see this as a sad and unnecessary mistake on their part.
The issue was frustrating because it was so typical of how we become accustomed to doing church. It illustrated the church's need for programs and policies (not bad things in and of themselves) but too often once we have policies in place we tend to adamantly hold to those policies rather than take a moment to consider what God may be trying to do in our midst.
Often, I believe, we really get in the way of the Holy Spirit. Policies are not bad. They just become a hindrance when we place them above discernment and sound judgment. The policy is there to serve us, to be a guide, not to make us a slave to it.
As frustrating as this was, something good may yet come of it. God will work, if not with people, in spite of them. The little group that was meeting and trying to be patient with other obstacles that was placed in it's way by church leadership, finally decided to meet outside of church. And that, may be the best thing that could have happened to it. Sadly, the church lost the blessing this group and this young couple could have been to it.
- My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.