I don’t write particularly well but even with muddled language, I think, with a smile, that I carry strong convictions.
One such conviction is this thing called “church.”
The thought starts here…. What an election. Many awoke yesterday distraught. Other joyous. As a Pastor, my role, is to with humility and tenderness, work with others in small ways to hold a space within this thing called church for both sides. And to hold with others and for others the lived Christian message, the lived Christian ideals. Loving your neighbor, loving your enemy, caring, repentance, simplicity, contagious generosity, joy, servanthood.
The best of humanity and the best of Christianity joined hand-in-hand.
This thing called church can be that thing. Can be that third way. That place, that institution, that movement, roots 1,000′s of years old. That place where the appearance of “very different” leans towards the deeper knowledge that “all are one.” That place where we LIVE it. We don’t just post it or shout about it or demand it. We LIVE it in the quieter, often overlooked folds of life.
Some days, candidly, I despair that this age of this thing called church has passed. After all, as a quiet endeavor, we can’t compete with entertainment. With youth soccer. With individualism that enshrines personal choice over sacrificial living.
Then the election happens. And people from many perspectives feel a call, a call to do something. And what we can do this thing called church.
Church is neither pretty nor perfect. Church is not always a place you will feel “fed.” It is not be easy or fun. But I think we find this … a loving God. An empowered way of moving towards the suffering of the world. Community. Our souls.
And this … HOPE.
Today that hope is Philly to serve dinner, food dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House, a coat drive for Reading Pa, small groups meeting to share in life’s breakings and blessings. And then Sunday… a grace filled time when we gather. When we connect in this thing called church.
It is not for everybody. I get that. But if you are searching, after this election, for a place now to “do”, think about it. Think about church.