At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed and I know the chances of any of our theology being exactly right are a million to one, I need to know that God has things figured out, that if my math is wrong we are still going to be okay.  And wonder is that feeling we get when we let go of our silly answers, our mapped out rules that we want God to follow.  I don’t think there is any better worship than wonder.

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller : page 206 : copyright 2003

Oh, Don, you’ve hit the nail right on the head.  I feel this so much right now.  So many times I want to throw up my hands and say, "who cares?"  There’s so much squabbling within the church over really stupid issues.  And sometimes I think we’re so focused on those issues that we miss the things that really matter.  And please don’t think I don’t appreciate what churches do, the positive things they have accomplished for many people the world over.  It’s just that we get so stuck in our in-house fighting that sometimes we miss the simple things, like loving people, caring for the widowed, the orphaned, the sick, and homeless.  Jesus’ message was not complicated, it was controversial, but it was not complicated.  And my God is bigger than our little boxes we attempt to put Him in.  Thank God for that.


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  1. i agree with the heart of this post, and with Don’s.

    i disagree with anyone (not you, i think) who says that only the central issues matter (e.g. evangelism, church authority, resurrection). however, i think their value is mostly dependent on how they affect our interaction with the central matters.

    example: demonology. who cares whether they have the power to read emotions or make our printers malfunction or inhabit the local DMV? and do we really need to form a separate denomination for the people who think that the technology-kind will come out only by prayer and fasting, as opposed to invoking the name of Jesus?!

    …on the other hand, would any of us like to give demons the upper hand by ignoring their existence? or by saying, “Jesus is really all that matters, so we the church leadership will just let everyone believe whatevs they want about demons. Scripture’s not super-clear on them anyways.” ???

    here’s a more practical, real-life example: worship music. it’s one of the first things church-shoppers think about. (church-shopping: another divisive topic! but let’s focus:) so, some love hymns, others claim they CAN’T worship by singing hymns. really? you can’t? or have you been raised to believe, without knowing it, that worship should always be an emotional experience of surrendering or praising or some other saintly feeling? your local churches are not meant as a spiritual buffet, they’re opportunities for you to give God what He deserves!

    …on the other hand, is it okay to sing songs that use lyrics that you cannot identify with at all, or to sing things about God, TO God, that are starkly contrary to what you believe??? should one leave a church if one cannot be honest while singing the songs that church has chosen?

    “ij, you took way too long to say all that. make your point briefly.”

    you know that’s impossible. but i’ll make a closely related point briefly: if God had intended us to agree on every fine point of doctrine, He’d have outlined things for us with chapters and verses already assigned (humans actually did that).

    we’re given opportunity to disagree, and taught in the Bible the principles of how we should act. if we apply those, we’ll probly find ourselves celebrating our differences rather than schismating over them. (yes i just made that word up. you’ll grow to like it.)

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