(Photograph © Tom)
Yet I can’t help thinking that the church is sometimes trying to answer questions which God isn’t asking.
Churchy questions I have heard are:
- How can we foster a sense of Circuit identity?
- How can we fill the preaching plan?
- How do we recruit new leaders?
- And How do we pay the assessment?
God’s questions are different. The Bible has many suggestions for what they might be, but I would start with these:
- What are we doing to defend the oppressed, take up the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow?
- What are we doing to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the prisoners?
- What are we doing to seek and save the lost?
- Where can we serve, rather than be served?
It might be argued that once we answer the churchy questions satisfactorily, then we will be better placed to move on to God’s agenda, but I don’t see any evidence for that.
Instead I wonder whether at worst it is actually displacement activity.
Thomas Pynchon wrote “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”
So what questions do you think God is asking?