I know this video is a little bit old but it’s funny as all get out!
Why in the world do we need ridiculous costumes to set us apart religiously from one another? Jesus pretty much destroyed hierarchy didn’t he? Yet, we attempt to make ourselves appear more important with our Sunday (or Saturday) dress-up nonsense. Makes me sick.
Cults wear costumes. Actors wear costumes. Loving people and sharing community with one another does not require a costume.
I’m a traveler. Me, my wife, and daughter love to travel around the country in our RV. This can make it difficult to find community though. Most of the encounters we have with others on the road, even as authentic as they may be, are short lived–at least until we meet up again next time. We spent the last winter in Mesa, Arizona where the weather was very mild, outdoor activities were plentiful, and there were plenty of churches.
But, we don’t just want to attend a church as a visitor. Talk about annoying. It goes something like this…
“Welcome to our church! We are so glad to have you here! Are you new to the area?”
No. We are just visiting.
Then, with much less enthusiasm since we are no longer a prospective member…”Oh, well enjoy your visit…and be sure and drop a twenty in the pot”.
Of course that’s a dramatized exaggeration, but you get the picture.
So, instead of trying to visit “churches” we have decided to be the church wherever our travels happen to take us. We are learning to love those people that God puts in our path. We don’t tithe to a church anymore but we still make ourselves available to give. For exampled, one of our friends was trying to win a special bicycle for their quadriplegic friends’ 8 yr old daughter. We voted for here but she didn’t win. So we bought her the $1500 bicycle anyway. I don’t say this to brag but to point out that giving does not have to be compulsive and regimented. It should flow…like God’s Spirit does from person to person, not stopped up.
Like when a fellow traveler needs repairs in Mesa Arizona and we are able to pitch in and help get a bill paid to Mesa Mobile RV Service. If I am tapped out because all of my giving goes to a local church then I might not be able to pay their bill for them.
So, love those whom God puts in your life. That’s being the church.
I met Wayne Jacobsen from The God Journey about 5 years ago after having read a book he co-authored and edited; you may have heard of it: The Shack. Some guys I met on a backpacking trip had all been talking about this book as if it were some life-altering experience to have read it. I’d never heard of it. Of course I went home and read it that week. Wow. It ruined my religion. In a good way. I moved from that to Wayne’s other popular book at the time called So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore? Haha, yeah, way to pull someone in with a title there Wayne.
Shortly after reading So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore (which you can find for free online) I found myself meeting Wayne in person in Southern California where he lives. He’s a genuinely nice guy that cares about helping others find their way to Jesus–the real Jesus. Not the plastic Jesus that can only be found after jumping through church leadership hoops, paying tithes, and becoming a “member” of some brick and mortar boys club many people call a “church”. No. The real Jesus. The living Jesus. That’s the Jesus we all long for and the Jesus our spirits are all mysteriously drawn to. Thankfully that Jesus is readily available to us all without the church walls and programs.
Wayne does a great job of helping us find the real living Jesus and the real living church in his latest book Finding Church. It’s a great guide for those of us that are on a different kind of Christian journey. It’s for those of us that want authentic community (that’s most of us really) but do not know how to find nor create that outside of the traditional congregational buildings. If you find yourself going to church because you know there is an authentic community to be found in the story and life of Jesus but are not quote finding that community in the traditional church then this book is for you. It is filled with hope and a better idea of what His church is intended to look like.
Thanks for stopping by Truth Search! We are reviving the New Silver Street Church…but not in the same way we did things before. We have undergone many changes as a people and as followers of Christ. We don’t have a building anymore. No more tithes. Mo more staff. No more programs. We don’t really need these things do we? Neither did Jesus and his disciples right? We still gather together–but organically in our homes, cafes, and wherever we randomly choose to meet together on any given day.
We are still the same small group of simple Christians gathering together to share our journeys we have always been–but more enlightened now I suppose. We no longer proclaim to have all of the answers. We just want to pursue truth just like you. We know that this spiritual journey can be difficult and lonely and we have come to learn that the best approach to spiritual enlightenment for many is not from a pulpit but rather from the “togetherness” that attracted many of us to Christianity in the first place.
We are all searching for truth aren’t we? Some of us look for it in a church with a steeple, right? There are many paths to truth. We don’t claim one path is superior to another. But there is only one truth and our hope is that we can all get there together no matter what path we choose to arrive at truth.
We still believe Jesus is Truth. That is not the search we are struggling with–thankfully. But we our search is for the How of walking with Jesus. What is the best way to walk this journey? We do not proclaim to have all of those answers but hopefully together we can all figure that out or at least share the journey.