“Everybody wants to belong, but no one wants to join.”
Everyone wants to ‘fit in’, but no one wants to commit.
Hyperbole? a little. But, probably more true than we care to admit.
We have been talking about how the Gospel changes everything. Practically, the primary tool that God gives us, to get this Gospel into us, is each other. Inherent to the call to follow Jesus, is a call to be a part of a community. We are invited to be members, to be attached to each other, to influence and shape those around us. There is nothing in Christianity that promotes isolationist individualism. Concurrent with the call to follow Christ is the call to be an active member of a local church.
I acknowledge that membership has a bad reputation these days. Generally, the people I talk with, listen to, and read about don’t want to be told there is something they need to do to be a member. We eschew ‘requirements’. Yet there is a deep longing to ‘be a part of’ something. We all want to belong, we’re not sure we want to join.
These are the conversations that get me out of bed in the morning. This is why we are planting a church. I want to wrestle through the practical implications of the Gospel. I want to wrestle together about what it means to follow Christ. I want to wrestle together with the idea of ‘membership.’ So write your thoughts on this blog, get involved in a small group, join the conversation… we’re figuring this out together.