i was sitting in a school class on sunday and i could not shake this question. i mean, everyone has their quirks, issues, deficiencies and deformities, but what the heck is my problem with church? i have been dissatisfied with church for years now. i have been through all the cliches (there is no perfect church...be the change you want to see...its not about _____, its all about ______) about 3 times now, and still i can't figure it out.
a couple of options:
1. i am just a pain in the posterior
2. i need to focus on the positive
3. there really is a great church out there and i haven't found it yet
4. i must relocate to grand rapids to attend mars hill
5. if i would just "get right with God" everything will be OK (see aforementioned cliches)
6. i need to pray and work and work and pray to bring about the true biblical, Spirit-led transformation that my current local church body desperately needs, and refuse to give up or get cynical
7. i am totally kidding about the above link, well, sort of kidding...we do sort of have this cynical brotherhood thing...but that's for another blog.
i guess i'll stop numbering my sentences now. so, in the name of jon's blog, i would like your help...if any of you are still reading this after my hiatus...could you please anonymously or un-anonymously leave some feedback about what you love about your church...and if you don't go to church, then what you think an awesome church would look like? i would really appreciate it.
when you paddle a canoe, you always end up going toward whatever it is you are looking at. so if you are focusing on trying to avoid a big boulder that will mash your kevlar to smithereens, you will inevitably be swimming back to shore. btw, i saw the smithereens this summer in the park here in manitowoc. i believe that's what is called a death knell for their career. my point is, to avoid the boulder, you have to focus on the open water and your paddles will correct your course and keep you nice and dry.
i want some open water to focus on. tell me what you love about your church, or what you would love about a church, and maybe i can start paddling.