Church Stuff-More or less

Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Luke 6. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. (NRSV)

These are, indeed, difficult words to hear from Jesus. It seems that he is setting the bar out of reach, too high for us to cross. Of course, it really doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s just that we really rather he didn’t.

All too often, in these days and times, we look to do as little as possible and hope that it is enough. We look to spread the wealth around as thinly as possible so that it can cover as much area. We put band-aids on broken bones and hope it is enough. We give the beggar a quarter as though he or she might actually be able to do something with it. When someone asks for a minute of our time, we get out the stopwatch.

Things are quite different, however, when the shoe is on the other foot. When we are the person with the need, we expect, we demand, that the person who we have called upon meet our needs entirely. And that is Jesus’ point. Even if it is not our experience as a recipient, we had better bend over backwards for the person who comes to us.

Time, time, time. Give, give, give. It is so hard Lord to do that these days but we know you expect it of us. Help us to go the extra mile even when we might be to tired. Amen


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