Sixth Home of…
This is an invitation to take part in making a difference in people’s lives. This is an invitation to help create community that is marked by…
…members who are enthusiastic about being members
…diversity in appearance, unity in purpose and character
…being good local neighbors to the community
…being good global neighbors (esp. Third World countries and their families)
…good environmental stewardship
…promoting a sustainable community life organization
No this is not an invitation to join our church–it is a summary of a few company pamphlets I picked up at Starbucks the other day. And it scared me.
This is no joke, when I was reading those pamphlets, I actually forgot at times that I was reading about a global monolithic coffee company and thought I was reading about what we’ve been hoping for our church. And it scared me. Where has our vision been coming from? our language? Has it really come from the dynamic duo of Spirit and Scripture? Or is it just evidence of the cutting edge values of a coffee company?
The very nature of the Church is that it is both in culture and against culture at the same time–it is a distinct entity through which God is declaring both his judgement and mercy upon all of humanity. But if you can get everything you’re hoping for at a coffee shop, why go to church?
This anxiety is not out of an instinct to survive–quite frankly–if our church “dies”, it will resurrect in a variety of areas; I am an ardent believer in the steadfastness of God’s Church; like Jack and Rose’s hearts, the Church will go on. But I am anxious because maybe we’ve missed the point. Maybe we’re disguising the Gospel of Starbucks with holy Jesus-language. Maybe we’re the ones who are wolf in sheep’s clothing. And that just scares me.