This is the best news I’ve received in decades.
I write a churchy blog. Even when it’s not overtly about church, it’s about church. Through the years, some of my most popular posts have been about parenting, dating, politics, and one about a Middle School performance of The Wizard of Oz that was picked up by a newspaper. But if you believe that everything is spiritual (as I do) and if your believe that the spiritual life is best lived out in community (as I do) then – at least for someone like me – everything is about church. Not the institutional/pipe organ/steeple/Sunday School/pulpit/’special music’/Vacation Bible School/diaconate/flower guild/stained glass window/narthex/chalice & patin/chancel/choir robes church.
But the prayer partners/midnight crisis/heartbroken/drug addled/crushed spirit/dead inside/hoping against hope/peace-that-passes-all-understanding/”I totally get you”/”I don’t get you at all but I’m not leaving you” church.
This is the church that Jesus lived and died and lives again for. This is the church that came together over the past couple days to choose the names of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and commit to pray for them until they come home. Some of the thousands (!) who responded to my previous blog post via WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook do not even believe in God, but they still agreed to hold ‘their girl’ in thought.
My friends, this is the real church. It’s full of skeptics, diversity, and a desire to Do Something.
Maybe all we can do is pray for the messiest, most horrible, most complicated, seemingly hopeless situations. But we do it together en masse. And the bottom line is that we care more about the most vulnerable people in our community than we care about sermon series and leadership organization.
And that’s what I learned the day my little blog had 20,000+ hits.