The times are telling us to rethink about a lot of things. At this point of juncture the global recession issue is a good place to start. Is the recession telling us where exactly are we supposed to pour out our finances? At this point many churches here are thinking about getting their own building or premises. Obviously this is good and its an ideal thing for us to work towards it.
Who can beat getting our own place/building and having the freedom to use the place for our own programs and stuff. But more and more, the church has substituted their understanding of being church (the community of God’s people) with the understanding that church only happens on one day (Sunday) and it can only happen in their own building, only with a ‘worship’ band and then followed by preaching of the word, some prayer and a short time of get together chit chatting around a table filled with food and drinks. If all the above explains what church is, we have to do some sort of rethinking.
People are sort of struggling with finances.
There is no security in terms of having a secure job. There are a lot of other things but these are just some general stuff that I’m bringing to the front. On a local perspective, coupled with the global recession issue we have been experiencing two pretty bad land slides. On of which caused two lives. Both landslides have deprived people of their security (homes have been destroyed for example).
At this point anything connected with hill sides are to be abandoned with the rain pouring down almost everyday. No one could have expected this sort of thing in Miri. No amount of rain has done this type of damage before. And at this point, I am hearing about a local church built on top of a hill having to stop their worship services in it for safety’s sake. The members had to look for an alternative place for their worship service.
In all this it make me think, the old way of thinking church has to stop somewhere along the line. We have to ask ourselves, do we really need a massive place for ‘church’? Should we horde all our finances for the sake of expanding our buildings, furnishing them with the state of the art technology and expanding the comfort level of our worship service? Should this be the way we understand how the ‘church’ is being an impact to society let alone to understand that this is the way we are expanding God’s kingdom? In the end our massive structure which we substitute as ‘the church’ become just landmarks and nothing more.
We cannot control the things that happen in the world like natural disasters and stuff like that. But the things we can control right now is how we think about being church, being the people of God, being salt and light in the world, how we are supposed to use our finances, expanding the kingdom of God. Let’s rethink or be gagged by the flood of changes that is happening all around.