Google and God

A problem – many confuse taste with mission.   Many of those currently engaged in churches see taste and mission as one and the same.  If a given church matches their tastes, specifically in terms of demographics, music and liturgy (style of service) then that church is doing its mission, God’s work.

And yet mission lies in a deeper place than taste.  Mission connects us far more closely to the heart of God than individual taste, creating a living link to the famous passage in Matthew.    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:37-40  Restated, God appears little concerned with taste but deeply concerned with mission.

Anchoring our spiritual life on taste anchors our spiritual life, in turn, on our own desires and judgments – not the soft ground where God’s grace transforms.

That soft ground of mission based Christianity is a doing place.  It is a place of action, a place of angels!  ”Hidden deep within the desires of every angel’s heart is the current that draws his or her mind to do something.  In that the mind finds peace….   (Emanuel Swedenborg, True Christianity)

The mission is the place to be.  Tastes?  Yes they will be different, and in reality, the sooner I think we put them aside to allow for the ascendancy of Mission, the more we will find the the humble place where God can do His best work.  Google and God!  What appears different – as we see God – is very much the same.

 

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