We’re at church. Together we come for a common purpose, work for a common goal, and live for a common savior. At least it is that way in a perfect world. The thing is… we don’t live in a perfect world. The church draws numerous people with numerous goals, striving for different purposes all under the umbrella of a common savior.
How do we unite? How do we serve when we are all serving in different directions? For some the answer may lie in creating a church environment where only those who think alike, look alike, and act alike are welcome. For others the answer is to simply provide an environment like a mall food court where everyone gets something different. To tell you the truth, I don’t know the answer. I know there are differences, that many come to church for a variety of reasons. In the next few blogs I would like to reflect on our differences so that we might understand each other, learn to appreciate each other, and in turn, learn to lean on each other’s strengths.
Our first personality in church is the church insider. You can generally spot this Christian by their dress, language, and attitude. In a pursuit for holiness, the insider has removed himself from the culture around him. Generally they educate their own children or send them to Christian private schools. Their radio is generally set to play Christian music on the way to play basketball in a Christian league. They have a great desire for church programming as it is often their form of leisure. As to friends the insider traditionally has no friends outside of the church world.
Positively the insider is well educated in the church. They support it financially and with their time. They are often the cornerstones of fellowship in the church.
On the opposite hand the insider struggles with evangelism because they have so separated themselves from the world around them that don’t know many who are not a part of the church. The insider often looks judgmental from the outside because they subscribe to christianized things and often balk at the secular world.
We must learn from the insider the necessity of holiness, their passion for fellowship, and zeal for the things of the church. The insider must strive to build relationships in a culture that often seems repulsive to them. We all have our strengths, and we all have our weaknesses.
* this blog comes in reflection to the third chapter of “Next Christians” by Gabe Lyons.