Lately I feel a strong pull to define myself by today’s ideologies and movements – or, in some cases, define myself solely by rejecting those with which I disagree. World events and social media issue hourly siren calls for re-definitions and personal declarations.
I am tempted also to define the Church by my personal associations and preferences. When I woke up this morning, I felt a strong need to reorient my heart, mind and soul, and ask again:
Who does the Church ultimately serve?
Is She to serve the purposes of Democrats? Republicans? Liberals? Conservatives? Social movements? Governments? Institutions?
No. She belongs to no social or political organization. She stands apart from them, in order to display a purpose above them.
Hauerwas gets close here, but there’s even more at the core of our identity as the Church. Certainly, She has a duty to inform, critique their darkness, promote change, and fan the true Light’s flame anywhere it may be found within man-made movements …
But ultimately She serves at the pleasure of the King; and this eventually puts her at odds with them all. -KAE
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We are to live our lives in the light of eternity, knowing with confidence that Jesus Christ is in control of history and God has a Plan that will proceed regardless of what “men” do. I agree with your comments Ms. Ellis, not quite those of Mr. Hauerwas. “The Church” as made up of all Believers who must decide how to live their lives and make decisions based on the teachings in the Word of God. We are responsible for doing the best we can, living a life that demonstrates the life of a Believer, and praying for our nation and its leaders. We shouldn’t be divisive, but should seek truth. In the end we need to constantly be reminded that no matter how bad things are, God protects His own. “This I recall to mind therefore I have confidence. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, His compassions never fail, they are renewed every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him.” Lev. 3: 21-24.
I’m dreading another election year coming up. Good words but difficult to live out. More grace and more Spirit-fruit is needed for us to live out our “Amen” to this. My heart breaks for friends who I see bowing their knee to political and social idols. Come, Lord Jesus!
I feel you, Kirk. The further our culture spins out of control, the more real “in the world but not of it” becomes. I’m trying to hold in tension the responsibility to make a difference with the knowledge that I’m not called to assimilate into any other system, but still be different. Tricky, uncertain waters to navigate, but still better than my previous Comfort and Complacency – those two sisters never make any demands. Thanks for weighing in, you’re not alone.