Well, things were getting quiet around here since Courageously Anonymous (CA) has decided to brood in the confines of his rather stiff pew, Agent Gross has been lost in the recent Norton Anthology release, and the lone blossom in the group has no one willing to even speak to the last post. So what’s a blogger to do? Realizing many of you spiritual do-gooders just want some fresh kill, allow me to start the hunt.
I have been flitting down the rabbit trail somewhat recently when reflecting on the two post of fleur77 and Agent Gross. Their pressing questions bring to a slow simmer within me much of what ills me when I think of "church".
First, as a Church we do seem divided on a ton of issues. Gender bias, racial bias, doctrinal bias, canon bias, the liberal versus conservative bias, even ifLen Bias were alive the Church would shred him apart as well. We are completely cavitating on ourselves. We can’t even agree on lattes in the sanctuary or did I mean auditorium? We are totally split. Maybe this is a good thing, maybe its not. I contend inquiring minds are waning in their interest as to the true nature of Church, simply because no one can give them a straight answer. In fact, I too find myself a bit tired of "church" simply because it lacks any true direction when those who quote the scripture lack the fortitude to live it.
Second, language is an issue. I attend a place of worship where the language barrier is constantly trying to be bridged, for instance: we say "auditorium" vs. sanctuary; service specialist vs ushers, program (though I don’t like this word) vs. bulletin, etc. My point is that some places of worship have recognized the church is failing to stay in tune with culture especially in areas of language and they are attempting to do something about. This is, I believe, a healthy step forward; but too often these become ingrained semantics that become abused to the point of annoyance, like the word "postmodern" and "emerging". Frankly, anything we do now seems a bit too artificial and culture is not going to pause much longer to listen to the Message the church has if it doesn’t step up more, if not in stride, amidst the world of today. Just because we speak the code, doesn’t mean we can really speak the code. Tu savves?
I emerge from the rabbit trail at the end of this post, and reflect on an article written by Melinda Henneberger, where she nails Christians to their crosses at the articles end with, "I think often of a friend from Catholic school who succeeds better than most of us ever will in his praiseworthy efforts to, as he says, "see and be the face of Christ"—in everyone, and to everyone." Bang-on.
Divison, language, politics, schmolotics, rubbish I’m sure.
Maybe this culture club called "church" we play is for not, maybe at the end of the day it is all about an incarnate God who asked us to be incarnate to the world. It’s here that I arrive and wonder if you might join me.