We seemed adequately warmed up in the present blog series, so I will let er’ loose…
Before all you missional, house church guys freak out: of course I believe in house churches IF…those doing them feel they are following God’s plan and will for them in doing so
This is of course subjective…and between them and God (not for me to judge)
BUT…when was the last time you heard someone talk about house church in this way? When was the last time they said they felt God leading them to be a part of a house church, or to start a house church?
On the flip side, how many house churches are started by, and attended by people completely infuriated/wounded/burned out with the “institutional church”?
How many people house church out of reaction?
Can you imagine if we said…
My 401K is a mess right now, I am going to stop saving?
My kids are out of control right now, I am giving them up for adoption
You get the point…
But this is exactly what we do with the church!
C hurch sucks, church is broken, church is hypocritical…I am just going to house church
I am not saying house church is not church
I fact, I deeply respect guys like Neil Cole, and Alan Hirsch who feel like it is an effective model to reach this generation
BUT…my concern is that many of the prophetic voices in the church have reached a point of anger, and rather than staying and helping reform, they are “leaving”!
The church has ALWAYS relied on these perspectives…have you heard of Martin Luther. What if he had unplugged, just done church where and with whom he felt comfortable?
Can we please…
-Please stop using the “first century church didn’t have buildings and met in houses, so so should we” argument, as though the early followers of “the way” could have leased a store front or rented out the local pagan temple. It was culture, not principle. Certainly we have gone insane with the buildings idea, and the money we put into them, BUT, you don’t stop have buildings to address this…you stop being stupid about buildings and start using the money on people instead of brick and mortar
-Ask if church has EVER been for you? Or has it rather been an outlet for you to serve with your talents and gifts? It seems that house church can tend to be about lessening the opportunity to be annoyed because I like everyone I church with. It seems it can be about me growing instead of you growing. It seems that it can be so I can feel authentic. But has church ever been about that? Hasn’t the church always worked off of the idea that the sum was more important, and that loving service was the highest virtue?
-Please, prophetic voices…stay. Please, no more parting shots at the church on my way out the door, and to house church with my pals. My respect for Luther, even though I disagree with the church he stayed in, he chose to stay and reform rather than react, leave, and criticize.
Also, if you are a lead guy, don’t push your prophets to the fringe, welcome them in, allowing their gifts and voice to strengthen the church.
-Don’t give up on us. We are messy, but we can be and do something beautiful