Thursday, January 17, 2008

Corporate Distortion

Why is it that when God's truth gets to the corporate level there seems to be an unavoidable distortion. Come on, have you ever met anyone who has been hurt or wounded by a church experience?

Instead of TRUTH being dynamic, fresh, and transforming, it creates a burden of conformity and becomes a tool of the community to marginalize and judge others.

Instead of serving with a pure heart, interested only in pleasing God and building His Kingdom, LEADERS end up ambitious, envious, jealous, and insecure.

When enough people gather around the truth, there seems to be a mishandling of the CORPORATE expression. Image wins over authenticity. Numbers win over depth. The law wins over grace. Empty rituals win over genuine spirituality. Personal politics wins over submitting to the Spirit's leadership.

How in Christ's Name can imperfect people preserve and model His message corporately? Probably the same way that those first simple untrained men did. Each and every one of us needs to follow Jesus. All agendas aside, just follow Jesus. All preferences suspended and surrendered to the will of Christ. Just follow Jesus and maybe, just maybe, the body of Christ will shine.


Blogger Rich said...

Makes one wonder how "the Church" has ever managed to last this long on earth, because corporate distortion is clearly not a new experience for it. Rather is seems to have been a problem from very early on.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Nobody Messes With Adam We said...

So true Dad :)

8:27 PM  
Blogger Theophilus said...

Like in Gideon's attack, the lights were to be put in clay jars, and the trumpets were to be blown.

So also we (clay) must be broken (contrite) so that God-in-us can shine forth.

Good reminder. I also like the warrior post.

3:04 AM  

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