“That’s just the way it is.” Ever heard of that one before? Most of us have. It is the basic cop out to just let things stay the way they are and not try and make changes. Change is never easy and it certainly is not always welcome. So let’s think about the church and see what it might be like without change.
Let’s see. First, we need to turn off the electricity. After all, it’s really only been about 100 years since it was installed. Then, we need to kill off the elevator (even the old one since we can’t run them without electricity. Forget the bathrooms for the most part. Back to out houses since running water is just too modern. Oh, and by the way, we can probably keep the heat once the radiators are reinstalled but forget the air conditioner.
Now that is just a few of the conveniences we enjoy.
Forget most of the programs. After all, most churches did not have things like Wesley Academy, Kids Under Construction, Singles Ministry, and you have to go back only about 200 or so years to get rid of Sunday School. The preacher becomes a true circuit rider and will probably only be here every other week or even less. Now, don’t think that is such a good idea just yet. After all, you will need to do the hospital visits, get stuff into the papers, visit each other, invite folks to the church, meet in class circles and hold each other accountable. And don’t forget funerals and other needs. By the way, does anyone out there have the classes and skills to do marriage and grief counseling?
Beginning to get the idea? The church needs to always change, evolve and adapt. We simply are being too simplistic and too naive to say “that’s just the way it is.” We, the church, need to willing to look at whose we are (the church of Jesus Christ) what we are called to do (Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men) and where we are heading (building the Kingdom of God).
The truth is that is just settling is just not good enough. If we think so, then let me advice that we could adopt a new song for the church. While we don’t want to change, this one we will need to adopt and sing every Sunday as our benediction. The song?
“Turn out the lights (that we don’t have anyway,) the party’s over…”
Peace and grace. Reed.