Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Friday, February 11, 2005

A Reflective (Lenten) Question

I am going to ask a question, which may be broken into "sub-questions." (Others may be able to articulate the question better than I.) I have no particular idea what the "correct" answer might be. But I am wondering how others might answer, or how they may have mused on the question previously.

We are the church! Christians make up the church!

As the church, what are we supposed to be?

What are we supposed to be doing?

What difference does it make if we are the church in the world?
Here I suppose one can ask what difference it makes if we are a local congregation (St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Dennis Catholic, St. Paul Lutheran, baptist, independent, etc), or a national church (ECUSA, Southern Baptist, The Church of England, etc.), or international (the Anglican Communion, the Roman Church, the Eastern Church, etc.), or universal (all christians everywhere).
Would it make (or would it have made) a difference if the church did not exist?

As I noted at the beginning, I don't know what the answer(s) might look like: Quotation of Jesus from Matthew? An academic treatise? Pithy statements based on experience? A sentence? A poem? A dream? Probably all the above. Maybe none of the above.


At 6:36 AM, Blogger Deacon Bobbie said...

Hmmm - A very good and deep question indeed, and one that Christians have been trying to figure out for centuries. Not the answer - because we do know the anser - we are to be "in community" with one another, loving each other as we love ourselves and loving the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind and all our strength. The real rub comes in LIVING IT. That's the hard part. And how each one of us lives this out is as individual as we all are, no two alike, yet all made in the image and likeness of God. There is NO ONE right way. Each one of us will put our own stamp on how we CHOOSE to live this out.

Ooops, sorry, I got caught up in the question. This is good sermon fodder. Thanks David.


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