In the two months leading to Christmas I thought I’d explore a few myths. First a few about church. Then a few about Christmas.
Myth #1 – Church is for religious people
Religious people were the last people who wanted Jesus around. Because religious people think they impress God. And Jesus has a name for them – hypocrites. Literally ‘actors’, those who wear a mask to be someone they’re not.
The prodigal son story isn’t mostly about the son who leaves but the son who stays home. That son feels entitled. That’s religious people. They “work hard for God”. God owes them.
Church is not a good place for religious people because the Christian message is ‘done’, not ‘do’. So there’s actually nothing to boast about. We have to give up on religion and come to Jesus with empty hands and all our baggage.
Church used to be described as a hospital. Yes, Jesus is a crutch. And a healer. Jesus says to the needy, and to the weary, and to the criminal and to the disreputable – ‘Come’.
Make no mistake though, church may not be for religious people, but people who come to Jesus do change for the better.
St Paul’s Anglican Church meets on Sundays at 9am with kids church. All welcome.