Straight-up awesome quote from Ryan Bolger:
I read the words today of Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh which said “We are the loving adversaries of every regime”. As I reflected on this, I believe it encapsulates perfectly the challenge for the Christian to be “in the world but not of it”.
It is a challenging concept. What do you think?
(This was meant to be posted this last week. Oops.)
I love this statement that I read today made on this post by messy Christian:
“…we’ve put our emphasis on the wrong place. It should be on people, not on a place. The place should be a tool to bring people together … funny how we’ve made “going to that place” more important somehow.”
It is really interesting that she makes this statement as part of a broader discussion on her choice to â€œtake a break from churchâ€? for a few weeks. I think messy Christian is talking about taking a break from her congregation, moreover her congregation within the confines of the building that they meet on Sunday, when she says that she is taking a break from â€œchurchâ€?. She is taking a break from all the pressures and responsibilities that are attached to being a part the whole process of making a Sunday service happen, and the confines and strictures that go with it.