As we begin to move beyond Easter towards Pentecost, I’ve been musing a bit.
At Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. I know there are many perspectives on that experience…but it got me wondering.
What would a resurrected church look like?
I wonder if that’s what we’re experiencing today?
I hear many people bemoaning the fact that “Christianity is dying”…that congregations are closing…that young people are leaving (in droves)…. Maybe so.
But maybe what we’re experiencing is the death of something that has to die in order for a new, transformed movement to arise. A movement that truly lives out the Golden Rule…that bases its life experiences and worship on what Jesus said were the two greatest commandments–to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. A movement that delights in the diversity of God’s creation…that sees humanity as stewards of creation, not consumers.
Moving towards resurrection is not easy. It’s hard to allow something to die, to let go of something that has perhaps formed us for many years.
But maybe…just maybe…it’s necessary. After all, a seed is just a seed until it dies to what it was…and becomes something else…something new and transformed.
And maybe…just maybe…in the dying of the church, we’ll regain the transformative experience of Pentecost when lives were changed…when the world was changed.