Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Where do we go from here?
When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was asked during the peek of the civil rights movement what's next? He simply replied that there were only to ways to proceed, either in community or chaos. I imagine that after Christ died, was dead and buried, then resurrected leaving the eleven disciples on there own; they were faced with the same situation. Where do we go from here? Community or Chaos?
In our text today the disciples could have separated and went their own ways preaching there version of the gospel or just keeping there experience of Christ to themselves both ways probably would have led to unorganized chaos. However they stayed together in community, sharing, supporting and encouraging one another. Let's look to the text.
Acts 4: 32-37 32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). 37He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Today as I look at the church through the lens of this text, I find myself asking the question where do we go from here? The Church seems to have more chaos ensuing, and growing than it does community. Members don't get along with each other and no one gets along with the pastor. The youth and young adults are grouped together and marginalized while the seniors are dismissed as if they don't even count.
So I lift up the question where do we go from here? if you didn't guess the answer is to strive towards community. We must press less toward individuality and press toward community! We must share, network, celebrate and pool resources. If our current economic state has taught us anything, its that we need to start living more communal.
Where do we go from here? I believe that God is tyring to tell us something! Lets start by loving our neighbor, and living together.
Be Well, Love Pastor J