Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Churchianity

This week we continue our "Unchained" series at Grace. Colossians 2:8 says, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
Churchianity is something that happens when we begin to more closely identify ourselves with a church rather than Christ. We lift the church up above Christ. We are the church, and yet, we forget that Christ is who we are truly connected to as his followers. Our discipleship lifts high the name of Jesus, not high the name of First City Church (insert other church name here).
We are not a country club, although some treat the church as such.
We are not a civic organization, and yet, some of us act like it.
We are more than another service organization (Red Cross, etc.).
The Body of Christ, the church, is not about focusing our devotion to serving the church. No, we serve God and neighbor and live out our faith in Christ in a specific, local and the global church.
It's a fine line.
One of the ways to discern if you have fallen into Churchianity is to listen to how you talk about your church. Yes you can be proud of what your church does, but how do you speak about your church in comparison to other churches. Listen to how others and how your pastor speaks. Hold us accountable for our words.
So this day, focus on Christ. Go in peace and go with God.

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