A comment from Lady Tam Li on my previous post got me thinking when she used the word lethargic. As I noodled on what she was saying I started thinking about how messed up our Western church system really is today, and has been for many centuries.
I understand we are our own individual created in the image of God. We are all different, with different strengths, a world of diversity. We are each a “brick” to build a wall of Christ. One brick sitting on the ground (or in a pew) does nothing, but when the “mortar” of Christ is used as the magnet to hold everything together, He bounds each “brick” together, it builds the Church God intended. Not a “brick and mortar” building a lot of people lose themselves in, but an unseen building called Christ.
Our Western culture spews a disease called individualism. Yes, I said it, being an individual in the Body and not recognizing the whole community is not the right frame of mind to be in. It is an unseen virus that is slowly erasing the community God intended. Like the Hebrew author wrote, believers of Christ are to strengthen each other and remind each other that we are all One together. Unfortunately, the emphasis being spewed from many churches of various denominations is the experience of the individual believer relegating community participation to a secondary priority.
As you know from my previous post that I think the pastor role, as the Western church defines it, is a bunch of BS, and should be stomped out of existence. I do not think being a “pastor” to one another should go away, just the pulpit and the entertainment. Why is every church out there associated with who the flipping pastor is, who cares? From my experience, the phenomenon of the evangelical “mega”church satisfies both our sense of duty to attend a worship service corporately, and an insistence to remain anonymous (or as Lady Tam Li puts it.. lethargic!).
What’s actually taught but never really said is… as long as I do my duty and attend corporately, and mark off my checklist or prayer and studies, piss on everyone else.
Wow! We all need help!