I have a friend who, in email dialogue with me, gave a very frank and intriguing commentary on Christianity and the Church. Here are his unedited words:
It gets even worse: Joe tells a Christian ambassador that he has a drinking problem. What does the ambassador say in reply? “Oh. That’s too bad.” Where is the bridge to Jesus here? Why didn’t that ambassador form the bridge? Furthermore, the church needs to have programs that are far more obvious in their intention. If the church has a program called, “Adult Issues” that meets every Tuesday night, then maybe the ambassador would say to Joe, “We have a great program – it’s called ‘Adult Issues.’ You don’t need to be a member of the church, and you don’t even need to say anything. Nobody will introduce you – nothing. Just show up and listen. I think you’ll find that people are going to talk about subjects that hit home with what you’re feeling. And, by the way, these are all people who are struggling. Nobody is ‘cured’ here, believe me. In fact, if you want, I’ll come with you to the Adult Issues night. Let’s take one car together.”
So now I ask you, which is the bigger problem raised by my friend:
- Does the Church (in reality, the people attending the church and its leaders) lack the humility to express its real life and problems to non-attenders?
- Is the Church humble and authentic but communicates itself poorly, confusing its non-members?