I got a tough phone call yesterday (on a day I blogged about grace, figures).
From a church shopper.
I don’t normally mind church shoppers. It’s a natural thing when you’re moving to a new area or entering a new season of life. You want to know more about a church community before you take time to visit. But this guy had an ax to grind (and he was chopping wood).
I won’t bore (or give much credence) to the details, but let’s suffice it to say he had some serious issues with a couple of well known, and at least by me, well respected pastors with a national platform. He wanted assurance that City Community Church didn’t align with their “heresy.”
(For the record, we don’t align with any heresy. But he still probably needs to keep on shopping).
I’m a big believer in truth (it’s not relative). There are obvious imposters out there. Dangerous ones. Scripture warns of them (2 Peter 2:1-3 among plenty of others). But sometimes we get our panties all in a bunch over rampant misinformation, “canonized” personal preferences, and just good old fashioned arrogant condescension.
I’ve done it.
You’ve done it.
We all need to stop it.
First of all, before you go condemning another Christian leader, make sure your facts are straight. In case you haven’t heard, the internet is wrought with misinformation (who knew?) and poor interpretations of things people have supposedly said. I question our impulse to condemn, but if you must do it, at least do it with accurate facts.
Second, there’s room for all kinds of church expressions. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Small churches, traditional churches, mega churches, urban churches, organized churches, contemporary churches, suburban churches, house churches, organic churches. Different church expressions reach different kinds of people! I think all of us (including my big-ol-guilty-hand in the air) can respect that, right?
And lastly, let’s all stop pretending we’ve got it all figured out (leave that to the meteorologists). If God resists the proud, wouldn’t it make sense to assume that arrogantly insisting you know everything about Him is a pretty sure sign that you don’t?
Let’s become humble (and loving) pursuers of truth.
Let’s cripple the high horses.