Do We Know Maybe It Is Time?

Do we know maybe it is time?

Do we know that the greatest of spiritual gifts is freedom?  The ability to choose to love. The ability to do. And yet we think it is the time to debate, to argue, to accuse.  So we fall in love with agenda and position, and not each other and God.  These words of CS Lewis land uncomfortably.

“There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself…as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist!  There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ. Man!  Ye see it in smaller matters. Did ye ever know a lover of books that with all his first editions and signed copies had lost the power to read them? Or an organizer of charities that had lost all love for the poor?  It is the subtlest of all the snares.”

So, what if we took God’s dare and created?  What if we saw God’s Word not as us waiting for Him to act but as Him waiting for us to act?   What if we took Him at His Word?  Take care of the stranger (Old Testament).  Do not be afraid (New Testament).  Hatred and charity cannot exist together. (New Church Theology)

We often make religion so small.  And the Spirit yet is so big.  The implications of incarnated faith immense.  The scope breathtaking.  The words transformational.  And we cram all that grandeur down into small, petty boxes – with labels like women’s ordination, adultery, homosexuality, worship style.  Those mysteriously and tragically morphed into “the work” of church.   And it is hard to see those as Christ’s issues.   He welcomed and embraced women’s voices in a way uncategorically revolutionary for that time and culture.  He saved a woman caught in adultery.  He got people to put the rocks of judgment down.  He never directly addressed homosexuality.  And He preached outdoors, in a robe, from a boat, on a mountain, in a synagogue, using props and people, and jokes and smiles and clear statements of right and wrong.   Believe in Him as God or not, this guy could bring it.

And that is what the New Church celebrates.  We shouldn’t celebrate the “small boxes” and see them as God’s work for this church.

Do we know then, maybe it is time?  Maybe time to raise our hand?  That is the beauty I think of church in the future.   For this amazing group of parishioners at NewChurch LIVE, just look at the Women’s Ministry, Care Ministry, Strength, Breathing Room Foundation, PTSD Support, Retreat to the Catskills, Community Service etc…..  Those are all running because someone, a person, simply said, “Maybe it is time.”  And then they raised their hand.

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply