The Gospel of Comfort...

It's an old adage: "The most segregated hour in America is on Sunday mornings..."

And a recent CNN article supports that truism. (click here)

Wow, I sure have taken this blog toward a racial slant lately, haven't I? And that's one of the wonderful (and perhaps, disappointing) things about the Obama presidential run: we have to look at these issues. We have to look in the mirror (it ain't pretty). All of this is right in front of us (it always has been, but denial is so comfortable) on prime time news.

One of my complaints about modern American Evangelical churches is their focus on comfort: "come in, come in, our coffee is hot, our seats are comfy, and our multimedia systems are state-of-the-art!"

"And you're just fine the way you are..."

But you aren't. You aren't fine. And neither am I. I'm a real asshole. I need to change. I need to get uncomfortable and start loving something more than my suburban safety and detached, arrogant compassion for "those less fortunate."

Don't you need to change? Don't you need to be a better person?

Not a new kind of Christian; a new kind of human...

(One who doesn't breathe a sigh of relief, realizing the man walking behind is white)

An emerging Christian is really, more accurately, an emerging human, recognizing the "Suicide Machine" of the modern world (read: Brian McLaren's Everything Must Change per Len Sweet).

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nate said...

I agree that the issue of race is important--America is as divided as ever; but I would disagree that segregation is happening most at the parish level--it happens everywhere, especially at street level. I think segregation is a natural instinct...that's not to say it is right. My natural instinct is to have sex with as many women as possible to produce offspring to prevent extinction.

I totally dug your thoughts on church in this post. I detest the come as you are, because it is said so tongue-in-cheek. All the wile the ulterior motive is conversion.

Very interesting, intelligent post here.

2Pete said...

Agreed Nate, it is everywhere, not only in our churches. But shouldn't churches be an exception? As with so many things - like healthy relationships - the church only mirrors the dysfunction of the rest of our world.

Thanks for the visit,

nate said...

No, you are right, the church SHOULD be the exception. While I applaud diversity and scorn racism, I do feel that segregation is somewhat natural. An all black congregation doesn't offend me, neither does and all white church. BUT...

I am broke as a joke and will be till my kids are raised, barring some stroke of fortune. I felt more comfortable sitting next to a homeless worshiper at a Cathedral downtown l month or so ago than I did next to the starbucks sipping couple who were goofing around with their expensive iphones.

I don't say that out of jealousy, but I say that to illustrate that making church too cushy and comfortable may deter folks who come from more uncomfortable circumstances, like the African American community who statistically are way more impverished than blacks.

J. R. Miller said...

Hi, I came to your site because of our shared interest in being a Friend of Missional. I am glad to make your acquaintance and visit your blog. God bless!

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