If you have a few moments today, read this article recently published in New York Magazine. It really got me thinking about the idea of church vs. Church. And I realized I really don’t have a clear understanding of this whole concept. But I want to.
So what, exactly, is the Church? Or church? I’d love input from any of you more philosphically, theologically minded types because I’m a bit confused.
Here is a quote from the article …
“The most successful movements in history, after all—Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.—all have creeds, cathedrals, schools, hierarchies, rituals, money, clerics, and some version of a heavenly afterlife. Churches fill needs, goes the argument—they inculcate ethics, give meaning, build communities.”
and another …
“They aim to remove God from the church, while leaving the church, at least large parts of it, standing.”
What is your reaction?
What, as Christ-followers, should our response be?
Or should we respond at all?