Church is God isn’t it?


I have seen a ton of Facebook status updates recently: football is a-coming … football is a-coming … football is a-coming … football is a-coming … (and for the purposes of this piece – whether that is UK or USA or anywhere else is irrelevant: the name and passion is identical)

“My team”, our league, our stats, who we are playing, who’s in the team, are our star players (who are bought and sold like E-bay items) in form or not in form …

Another season of footie mania is upon us (or almost upon us). Which is great – if you love football.

Now let’s talk God.

How often I see God talked about as we do football. How often I see God and Church becoming “the same thing”. Church is God and God is Church. So all we hear and read is “football/church passion” and football/church insularity.

The star names, the best churches, the top-dog denominations, the failing failures – bums on seats stats. Empty churches mean failure, full churches mean Super League (or Mega Church I hear them called). The league tables are pored over. The “strategies” compared. The “missions” evaluated. The weakness highlighted. The strengths replicated.

And to those who have no passion for Church (yet)? It all seems terribly insular. Because isn’t that “God” they are all fighting over?

And to those who have a passion for church? It all seems terribly insular. Yet defending “my turf” something I just have to do! So off I go and defend my turf.

And to those who do have a passion for God? It all seems terribly insular. Is this as big as God gets? And they head for somewhere they can find God again.

And to those of other world faiths? It all seems terribly insular. Isn’t my God as good as your God? Is there one God or many Gods in your country?

And to those who do have a faith they call atheism? It is all too insular to be anything worth considering (yet). And so they point out why.

Insular. Church becomes God and God – becomes insular.

And the saddest thing? We are ALL making God “insular”. We all believe our own “press”.

I have views about church. We all have views about church. We should all have views about church. But when we confuse that with “God” – then I think WE have ALL missed the point.

I hear people admit freely “I don’t like football”. Just as I often hear people say “I don’t like God – but I do like Jesus”.

Now just how did that happen?

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Church is God isn’t it?

  1. “I have views about church. We all have views about church. We should all have views about church. But when we confuse that with “God” – then I think WE have ALL missed the point.”
    Well said – my hubs and I have been talking a lot about this topic lately…….
    cate

  2. I think that some folks confuse the building we meet in as being the church. I also think by nature some folks assume all in that church know God. Now for me its not worth finding out who does know God and who does not. It is more relevant for me to know God so I can do His will. For if I don’t know him I want know what He wants from me. It is said that our hearts should be a resting place for God. Funny how God rested after 6 days of creating the earth. A thought. If God were resting in our hearts how could there be room for anything unpleasing to Him.. When I am focused and thinking of God and heavenly things I have a lot less time to worry about what my church or others is doing or not doing.

    I find that exceptional time spent with God in prayer and relationship lets me stay out of unrest and worry. Instead of being consumed with what others are doing, I am more consumed with them knowing God more and their love for mankind. Well just my thoughts. Great questions Paul and statements.

    Blessings my brother

    • Hiya Tom – and thank you.

      “I think that some folks confuse the building we meet in as being the church. I also think by nature some folks assume all in that church know God.”
      The picture of a wedding ring came to my mind as I read your comment. And we all know that means I am married, and that means … And then the shock when the “marriage” explodes: He did what? She did what?
      Difference is maybe is we all wear our “Christian wedding rings” and too often carry on behaving as though we were single. All it does is give “marriage” a bad name.

      “Instead of being consumed with what others are doing, I am more consumed with them knowing God more and their love for mankind.”
      And that – it seems to me – is how we can all give “marriage” a good name! And maybe even “God” and – heaven forbid – maybe even “church”.

      🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s