Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Naked Church
The Emperor’s New Clothes
I’ve started reading The Naked Church by Wayne Jacobsen, what a wonderful book so far. I hope to comment on things that stand out to me as I go. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into one of my epistles, God forbid.
From what I can see, Wayne is using the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes, a story by Hans Christian Anderson, as a metaphor for the uncanny parallel of the institution called, ‘the church’ of today.
My daughter was home for a few days from University and said she bumped into an old high school friend last night and in the process of catching up on life, she (my daughter) discovered her friend and her husband were Christians, but they had come to a place where the one size fits all no longer held their interest.
I realize what I am saying here is and has become a high octane, highly flammable, volatile, combustible topic, but I’m jumping into the pool whether the sharks have been feed or not.
I want the folks who only want to hear what they think they are hearing, just another ‘church’ bashing idiot, to listen up, please!
One of the things that I stand amazed at in coming to see and know Him, my loving Papa and seeing an ever greater need to see and know Him, I can’t get enough of Him!
In this moment by moment transformation of grace, what astounds me is that in sharing Him plus nothing, you would swear I was the anti-Christ.
I have NO interest in the right verses the wrong way to do anything, such as water baptism, speaking not speaking in tongues, worship-full blown doing your cardiovascular worship or sitting quiet with NO instruments, having not having the Lord’s supper, tithing or not, titles, positions, badges, buttons, red carpet verses blue carpet, woman allowed to be seen as well as being heard, etc. etc.!
Jesus will always represent a threat to that which knowingly or unknowingly has become a substitute for Him in my life or yours.
I want to say that as a result of the knowledge of good and evil being ever present in our lives we have devised a clear cut and proper solution, meaning, it all boils down to doing things “the right way” verses the “wrong way, right? What about His Way?
The Way, Truth and Life is a moot point if it is not seen/experienced in the context of a Person. Jesus said, “I Am the Way-Truth-Life of the Father, this is not mere ecclesiastical doctrinal intellectual warm fuzzy talk.
Without His spirit transforming us from within our soul, the best any of us has is the Letter, which bludgeons-kills, but, the life quickening spirit breathing His breath into that letter is Life.
I am going to rap this up here, I realize I haven’t even shared any thoughts yet from what Papa is speaking to me from Wayne’s thoughts from his book, but stay tuned, they're coming.
He, Jesus is building His Church, the body which IS His Church, and He does not need your or my help, He may be the Ancient of Days, but is fully able to perfectly perfect that which HE initiated in each of us!