The writings of many these days seem to include an almost a vitriolic campaign against anything traditional or institutional when it comes to church. Many in cyberspace write profusely on the topic often rejecting the idea that anything good has come from the traditional version of church. I just read this statement from a leader that I admire much:
"Some say they don't like "organized religion" but the alternative is disorganized religion - that is, a personal, private, individual religion. It lacks accountability, mutual encouragement, stretcher-bearers, the input and insights of others and perhaps most powerfully, the power of multiple people working together to do Christ's work in the world. Ten people can do more, working together, than any one of them can do, even than ten of them will do, when working alone without coordination."Did you catch the idea that personal faith, when divorced from cooperative efforts, is simply disorganized religion? I so agree with the benefits of organization - we all need each other so much. Yet I also understand that many ... I mean so very many ... have not experienced the benefits of organized religion. Instead of benefits many have experienced the dark side of religion and cannot imagine being a part of a church again. The issue is so complex. I am a part of a church that embraces the best of organized religion but sometimes I want to retreat to my brand of disorganized religion. How about you?
... originally posted 4 years ago today