It just doesn’t seem credible does it? How can an institution like the church, with its outdated moral vision and its grim record of injustice, possibly have any relevance today? And how could there be an all-powerful God of love in a world like this? There’s just no chance. And if he is out there somewhere, well, he had better have a good excuse.
Now, even as a Christian, you just have to sympathise with a reaction like that. Bad things do happen to good people. And the Christian Church has often been a denial of its own message – entombing it beneath its own agenda, fossilising it into something static and remote, or even using it as a stick to coerce and threaten people.
But then, at another level, those objections are missing the point. Disasters and tragedies pose huge problems for us all, whatever our beliefs may be. And Christianity has never really been about the church. It’s always been about Jesus. He is the issue.
And he is different. When the church gets out of the way long enough for us to see him, then what we see is liberating, humbling, awe-inspiring and life-giving. And when the church does get its act together and begin to approximate what it is meant to be, then it demonstrates his love, adds credence to his message and models the world that will one day be.
Maybe, just maybe, this is all worth looking at again.
We’d love to help with that. We are a work in progress, but what you see is what you get, and we have something wonderful to share. You can find us on Sundays at 11am and 6.30pm. We’d love to welcome you.
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