Building Rectangular Churches for People Who Live in Round Huts

Posted: February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

It is interesting to consider what we think comprises the matter of being a Christian. For me it can be reduced to the simplicity of Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me and I will make you a fisher of men. ” There is no church building with a steeple implied in that invitation. There is no instruction for a 11 am worship service inside a brick building in the center of town. There is no comment on the style of music to be sung. A simple invitation to personally know Jesus, to be transformed by the hand of Jesus, and to adopt His mission of reaching people.

Missionaries sometimes speak of “contextualizing” our methods of planting churches. How much sense does it make to build a church that looks like your average First Baptist Church on the streets of Iran or India? It makes no sense. How much sense does it make to demand the singing of a 17th century hymn set to the tune of a bar room chorus in the 21st century post millenial context of America? More importantly, how much of what is done in the modern western church is a matter of human tradition instead of Biblical instruction.

Yesterday, I wrote a blog and asked, “WHo drank the kool-aid?” Why is it that when someone calls the church to return to its Biblica roots we label them strange? What if the majority of the American church has been deceived into accepting a form of religious expression that mimics Christianity without ever really embracing the call of Christ? Just something to consider on this laid back weekend.

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