If you’re like me, you grew up believing that “church” was meeting with like-minded believers in a specific building on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night–and sometimes every night if there was a series or revival going on.
But what if that’s only a part of what church is?
And what if that’s not even the most important part?
What if “church” is more about our relationships with everyone we meet…whether they share our beliefs or not?
What if “church” takes place at work…on the playground…at a restaurant…in a bar?
What if “church” doesn’t have to have its own building but could be happy meeting in someone’s home…or a rented building…or a park?
What if “church” meant using the money we so often spend to keep the lights on and the air conditioning and heating running and used it to feed the hungry…help provide homes for the homeless?
What if “church” meant sometimes going to jail in order to protest injustice? Or getting together to write letters to (or call) members of Congress to push for less spending on unnecessary military might and more to meet social needs?
Yes, meeting together to worship with like-minded believers is important. But it’s important because it gives us renewed strength to go out and actually “be church” in all the other places and situations we find ourselves.
What if “church” meant we were really willing to pray this prayer…and live it? How would our world be different?