Inactive Churches

I’m reading Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal and ran across this moment of brilliance from the character of Joshua or Christ in Christopher Moore’s narrative:

No, action. Contemplation. Steadiness. Conservatism. A wall is the defense of a country that values inaction. But a wall imprisons the people of a country as much as it protects them….One cannot be free without action.

He continues to explain this concept to his friend Biff who is a having trouble understanding:

[He] wasn’t teaching us about action as in work, it was action as in change.

This caused me to literally stop and go find a pen because it is the perfect description of the frustration I have with so many  churches.

Our country and our cities are full of inactive churches, hard at work, but doing absolutely nothing to change the world.

We’re building ourselves into sanctuaries of safety, protecting ourselves from the threat of change. In the process we are worshipping ourselves and not a God who is living and active and working among us. Creator God did not breathe life into us for us to feel comfortable, but for us to join in the creative work God is doing.

Inactive churches are not introducing people to God. They are introducing people to how to make themselves gods.

That’s not the gospel Christ died for.

It’s time to break down some walls.