Random tidbit: I’ve been whale watching. It’s pretty boring until the whale comes around.
A few weeks ago the senior pastor at my place of worship shared a thought about church. He has some really great thoughts on other stuff you can check out on his blog. This particular thought was one that resonated with me. So much so, I wrote it down and remembered to save my notes. I think he was quoting someone else, but what I wrote down is this: “Church should be like AA. A place where people can come and be who they really are. Not who they are pretending to be.” Yes, yes, yes. This is what church should be. But what would that look like?
It might look a little more like your house on Saturday mornings. Where everyone is still in their pajamas or wearing the jeans with wholes in them and the t-shirt that should have been thrown out two years ago. It might look like a room full of confessional booths that are used for confessing our sins to one another. We might learn hear that we are not alone in our sins. That others struggle just like we do. It might look like a school room full of desks where people are writing letters to those they have wronged asking for forgiveness. Or it might look like a chapel set up for a wedding where husband’s and wive’s renew their marriage vows after years of living as roommates instead of helpmates.
What, indeed, would church look like if it was run like an AA meeting? I bet we would find a whole lot more compassion and a lot less judgement than we would expect. When we begin to see that we all have struggles; that everybody has something that is weighing them down, this is when we can truly begin to love one another. It is in our brokenness that we find commonality. It is in the moments of vulnerability with one another that we find strength.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effectiveness.”
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ”