In preparation for our faith community’s important Annual Meeting this Saturday, I thought I’d share couple quotes/read [today and tomorrow] that have given me something to ponder. The past year has been one of the most fruitful and yet, the most spiritually challenging and exhausting year thus far in ministry [16 years]. Why? Because “who doesn’t have problems with the church?”
“What other church is there besides institutional? There’s nobody who doesn’t have problems with the church, because there’s sin in the church. But there’s no other place to be a Christian except the church. There’s sin in the local bank. There’s sin in the grocery stores. I really don’t understand this naïve criticism of the institution. I really don’t get it. Frederick von Hugel said the institution of the church is like the bark on the tree. There’s no life in the bark. It’s dead wood. But it protects the life of the tree within. And the tree grows and grows. If you take the bark off, it’s prone to disease, dehydration, death. So, yes, the church is dead but it protects something alive. And when you try to have a church without bark, it doesn’t last long. It disappears, gets sick, and it’s prone to all kinds of disease, heresy, and narcissism.”
This is why I believe that Church sucks but so do you. So, let’s move on and work towards Philippians 4:8-9…
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.