Friday, January 21, 2011

Churchianity vs Christianity

I am halfway through a tremendous book by Michael Spencer titled: Mere Churchianity. For those of us who have left the "Church" this is our book of books. Michael has identified what we have seen, felt, and experienced in our attempt to "fit in" with the organized religions in America. I find his title very appropriate as C.S. Lewis wrote the definitive book on Christianity (Mere Christianity). Why have churches left their first love? Answer:

"Our big problem with Jesus is that we want to control things, and he turns out to be remarkable difficult to control. In the Christian enterprise, we like to formulate definitions, establish norms, and set parameters for acceptable experiences. We have empowered ourselves to determine what is and is not an appropriate relationship with Jesus, based on how we think Christianity should look and work." (page 50, emphasis mine)

Where are the churches for the "miss-fits"? Remember the Christmas cartoon Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer?

Or as Michael Spencer writes so eloquently:

"Jesus was an expert on including those who were officially excluded." (pg. 51)

Food for Thought
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