Written by Les, a straight brother in Australia, it's lately been a heartfelt and personal sharing regarding how (or whether) to maintain his faith and religious life after losing his trust in "the Church", and his ideas regarding theology (and his own changing theologies) in trying to make things make sense in the Christian world.
And you thought only Gay people went through that.
While I was checking my blog feeds at lunch today, I came across his post called "What if churches closed?" and it really got me thinking:
What if churches closed?
My first thought (which I commented) was:
"Closing local churches would also allow a renewal of faith among many who assume that since they don't like the garbage there they can't be christian. What an opportunity to see Jesus from our heart out, rather than from the church in."I really understand these days -- more than I ever have in my entire life -- the difference between:
- the human church -- which we can't not see all around us, and,
- Jesus' church -- which we can only truly know when we give up proclaiming and living for the human church.
While He's doing that, it can feel very painful, and disorientating, and even lonely.
But it's got to be done.
It's got to be done.
Why? Because as long as we continue to imagine that God can only accomplish His plan by our action or participation, then we're batting for the Wrong Team.
As long as we imagine that God requires us to set up special buildings and have "clergy" and hymnals and so on to do His work and be blessed ourselves, then we're fooling ourselves as much as Adam and Eve did, when they decided to do God's plan one better, by making sure to add their own "little touch".
And we're also making it harder for those around us who continue to reject Jesus simply because they are also confused into thinking that the muck and mire of human-based churches defines who God is and what He wants from and for us.
Personally, I imagine and look for the day when all churches are closed. When the idea that anyone needs anything within human power or participation in order to know the Lord, is laughed at for the silly devil's trick that it is.
When all can see Jesus -- face to face.