I’ve written before about the need to operate from a centered set mindset, and not a bounded set mindset.
But this last week I was having a conversation with someone about that, and I came to a realization about centered set theology in many of our churches: [pullquote] If we elevate community membership to a higher status than the Jesus who gave us the community, we’ve failed as a church and committed idolatry.[/pullquote]
It’s easy for churches do a great job of centering people on the need to belong in the community, but not a great job of centering on Jesus.
We sell people all to easily on belonging with us. They are quirky, so are we. They’ve been labeled a misfit, so have we. They are odd, unruly, passionate, outspoken, liberal, eccentric, random, or conservative just like we are. That means they would make a great addition to our church, wouldn’t they?
Perhaps. But I’m firmly convinced that this is the absolute wrong way of going about it.
Because if we attract people to fit the personality of the community, and not the Jesus that loves them, we’ve committed idolatry by placing the community and its needs above that of Jesus.
As churches or missional communities attempt to outreach and disciple those around them, we need to be cautious to remember what exactly it is that we are promoting and advocating for. We aren’t advocating for the community, belonging, inclusiveness, or even social justice. We are advocating for Jesus. We are ambassadors for Christ and his Kingdom, not for membership of our community.
Thoughts? Enter the discussion below, I’d love to hear them