Planting Seeds and Throwing Rocks

rigidly organical
February 15, 2011, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Fighting Boredom, Fighting Fear, Fighting Inertia

A lot of folks my age (or not) are rejecting formalized religion for various reasons.  Even fellow Christians who would agree with the Church on all basic points are opting out of regular church meetings (services, gatherings, celebrations, et al).  They are looking for more “organic” forms of following Jesus.  I guess the operating definition of “organic” seems to be something along the lines of natural, unforced, free range, leaderless, etc.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about love, generosity, prayer, worship, service and/or wisdom-passing happening spontaneously.  It should.  We should hear about a need and seek to help.  We should be teaching our kids outside of a classroom setting.  We should be neighborly and love our neighbors.  But to throw out regular times of meeting is a pipe-dream.  I have no hope, nor should I, that I/we can maintain a completely random, spontaneous life.  So, am I saying that God only shows up at 10:30am on Sunday at our church gathering?  No.  Am I saying that God is more present at those gatherings?  Not really.  But one thing I like about our 10:30am Sunday worship time is that everyone knows that no matter how crazy their week is or how chaotic life gets…we’ll be there.  Someone will.  Actually a lot of us will.  The same goes for a regularly scheduled weekly small group, pickup basketball game, or mommy group.  Unless you like it 100% organic…which means you might get together with others…unless you don’t.  Celebrate the spontaneous and natural but don’t knock the regularly scheduled times.  


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