i rarely read what’s on Xanga’s “revelife” blogs. i see the posts all the time… the rants and raves. the questions. i just don’t have the time or the mental energy to read them because i don’ t have to.
but for some reason this one’s title stood out to me and i dove in. my disclaimer: i don’t know anything about the author. i don’t even know his name. but his “eighth letter to the American church” seems about right on target as far as my own experience. this particular paragraph really stood out to me. SO. TRUE. the context is a challenge to the American church about being radical vs. being angry:
…The most radical thing in the world is a Messiah that healed people, and then told them to keep their mouths shut, a Messiah who washed his disciples’ feet in the privacy of a room where there was no photo op, a Messiah who loved all the politically incorrect people. The only thing that is truly and permanently ”relevant” is love. Without love, you’re old news…
its left me pondering (at 2:22am while dealing with pregnancy insomnia) what God WOULD have to say to the American church at large. i don’t think it would be pretty. i don’t think it would be politically correct. and i am pretty sure it would not make me feel warm and comfortable and fuzzy inside. you see, God doesn’t operate like our seeker-friendly churches. He doesn’t need to look or act trendy, put on media sideshows or tout trendy ministries to get to people’s hearts. He doesn’t need to get people inside church doors to change them. He speaks TRUTH and the TRUTH sets people free. i think what He does NEED is for us church folks to walk outside the church doors and speak TRUTH in love (radical, relevant action-love) to the people in the train stations, the people under the bridges, the suburban neighbor, the cashier.
maybe He would say something like that in the eighth letter to the church in America.
or maybe thats just what He wants to say to me…..