Continuing from Part 1:

A few things might happen: First, it’d be uncomfortable.  There’d be no where to hide.  No comfortable anonymity.  People would have to think for themselves, make their own decisions.  They’d have to grow up and learn to feed themselves and others.   New leaders would emerge as others step aside and move on.  Pastors wouldn’t have total control anymore.  “Regular” folks would have to step up to the plate, learn to do for themselves what they’ve always sloughed off on the pastor to do.  Multiplying disciples would accelerate.  So would growth.  So would grace.  It’d have to.

Think about it.  Isn’t it easier to look surrendered and sanctified for an hour a week  in your Sunday best from a distance than it is to pull off the same up close and personal, 24/7?  The latter means people would have to drop the masks and the games and the head trips.  It means donning authenticity and transparency, which can be a little messy.

It takes patience, perseverance and heaps of grace to learn to live in community with other believers.  United, we’re invincible.  Fractured, we’re weak and ineffective.  The Enemy knows this.  Why else do you think he attacks community and unity so hard?

But Christian community is worth fighting for.  (Notice I didn’t say “a building” or a “church service” or a “corner office.”)  Genuine Christian community is much more casual and informal and real than the Sunday morning show.  It’s   where life happens, not once a week on Sunday morning.  Not in an artificial “fellowship” environment.  But as life unfolds while walking with Jesus, one day at a time.  Without the totem poles.