The Church is You

553421_4799380381591_1116268407_nYou can’t go to church as some people say
The common terminology we use everyday
You can go to a building, that is something you can do
But you can’t go to church ’cause the church is you
‘Cause the church is you

Did you know, that the early church within the pages of the New Testament did not meet within a church building? In fact, church buildings are not even biblical; nowhere do they appear within the Bible, for they were yet to be invented. They, the people, εκκλησία (ekklesia[1]), were addressed as the church:“To the angel of the church [ἐκκλησίας] in Ephesus, write the following: . . .“To the angel of the church [ἐκκλησίας] in Laodicea write the following:” (Revelation 2:1; 3:14 ESV).

As a writer, I argue that our language betrays what we hold as importance, our perceptions, and what we believe. We hear phrases, such as: “We’re going to church,” or “You can’t do/say that here! We’re in church,” for too many believe, or at least act, as if the church is a building, the place which we meet on Sunday, instead of the people who fill its pews.

Before the marvelous, adorned cathedrals of Medieval Europe (built in the midst of the poor and starving), before the reformations of Constantine to construct places of religious practice for the Christians, the church met in homes, in public places, under trees, even in hiding–underground in the catacombs. For God can be worshipped anywhere; His people, not their buildings, is where His heart lies. Yet, we became like the Jews, they who believed that Yahweh souly dwelled within the holy temple in Jerusalem, the same God who dwells within our most holy church buildings.

Yes, church buildings are great; they provide connivence, a home base; however, I am calling for a revolution, for us to see people as importance, and not our artificial architectures. If you’re a Christian, you’re always in church, for the church is you. Which means in the church building or not, your speech and actions should reflect Him.

Yes, you could argue that the word ‘church’ has taken on new meaning, everyone in today’s culture understands what you mean when you say, “I’m going to church,” so there’s no harm in referring to the church as both the people and the building; however, I highly disagree. As a writer, I argue that our words betray what we believe, feel, perceive, and hold important; therefore, what do your words betray of you, and of what you hold most important? The church should be a culture, a lifestyle, a living, breathing body, instead of a manmade house. I suggest then that instead of saying, “going to church,” simply reply with: “going to fellowship,” “to congregate,” or “to join the assembly.” Why argue against? for is not man more valuable than a building?

We should clearly express what we mean, and mean what we say:

won07aThe Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, `Why is a raven like a writing-desk?’

`Come, we shall have some fun now!’ thought Alice. `I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles.–I believe I can guess that,’ she added aloud.

`Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?’ said the March Hare.

`Exactly so,’ said Alice.

`Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on.

`I do,’ Alice hastily replied; `at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.’

`Not the same thing a bit!’ said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!’

`You might just as well say,’ added the March Hare, `that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’

`You might just as well say,’ added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!’

`It is the same thing with you,’ said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much (Alice in Wonderland).

Brothers and sisters, we are the church. So let us be it. Let us take back our title, as we strive to grow, to love, and to continue to venture to become more like our Father who is in heaven.

You can’t go church as some people say
The common terminology we use everyday
You can go to a chapel, you can sit on a pew
But you can’t go to church ’cause the church is you
‘Cause the church is you (AVB)


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