Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jesus For President

I've been thinking lately about our society, our churches, people in general. I've definitely been influenced by this book by Shane Claiborne and my boyfriend, who doesn't live life the way people would expect, nor does he fit into the "normal" Christian society. But is the "normal" Christian society what Jesus would have wanted for us? Church buildings, dismissal of church officials or leaders because of confessed sin, separation of possessions, a reliance on the government; is this what Jesus would have encouraged? I think this church does it right.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/features-reviews/god/16569-bridges-and-trolls-the-church-under-the-bridge

1 comment:

Steven Hervey said...

I'm sure you were just looking for a "Good post, buddy!" If that's the case, sorry.

I would like to comment on one (or two or three issues). Dismissal of church officials/leaders for confessed sin. Being dismissed for involvement in sin may be "God's" consequence for sinful actions. He may use church leadership etc. to enforce it. When David sinned and was repentant, he still suffered consequences for his sin (2 Samuel 12). Not only was David's family never the same, his kingship was never the same. It was the major turning point in his life. It is difficult to say what is happening unless you are in the room during a situation like you describe. I have personally seen occasions where leaders have confessed sin and have not been dismissed. You don't hear about those on CNN though.

Separation of possessions-- there is evidence of both sides in scripture, but what I do not see is people being treated corporately for what God has entrusted to them corporately. The talents were given individually, the "rich" are told to be generous with what belongs to them etc. I don't believe separation of possessions is a scriptural matter, but a personal/cultural one. I believe Jesus would say "However you choose to see possessions-- make sure you are generous with what you've got."

Reliance on the government-- I believe you are spot on. We are to rely on God. The government, in my opinion is a modern form of idolatry. We see it as the work of "our hands" and look to it to solve "our problems, and provide for "our every need."

I appreciate your thoughts as it makes me analyze my own. I hope I have done the same for you. This does sound like an amazing church!

P.S. If you can/do delete this from your blog it won't offend me.