Christians . . . we like our walls! I mean we love, love, love our walls! We love the walls of our church buildings. We love our denominational and non-denominational walls. We love the church walls in our towns and cities, our regional walls, and our national church walls.
The church’s walls are time-honored! They were built by our ancestors who shed blood, sweat, and tears to erect them. We must not tarnish or dismantle the work of our parents and grandparents by disrespecting the walls they built. We’ve inherited them and we must care for them as they did.
If viewed from above, the Christian Church would look much like a world-wide business office with semi-soundproof cubicles for all of its employees—cubicles that do not touch each other or share any common walls. Each walled cubicle is its own entity, sports its own logo, its own government, and its own rituals, traditions, and practices. In other words, viewed from above, each cubicle reflects a self-contained Christian culture.
Moreover, each congregation within the culture’s cubicle has it’s own culture and its own walls! Every congregation knows that other congregations exist, and every cubicle recognizes the fact that other employees work for this same business! But we don’t like to interact much with ‘others’ who are outside of our congregational walls or outside of our walled cubicles.
I wonder . . .
When viewed from above in, let’s say 2189, or 2211, or 2345,
will our walls still exist?
Pastors, priests, elders, council members, Sunday school teachers, bible study leaders—four critical questions must be asked of our congregations at this time in the church’s history:
- What purpose do our congregational and denominational or non-denominational walls currently serve?
- How do our walls benefit us?
- Why do we defend our walls?
- What spiritual price are we paying to maintain our walls?
Thoughts along the way,
SUBSCRIBE Carol Wimmer is the author of the acclaimed poem When I say I am a Christian, and three books entitled: The Net—An Organizational Vision for the Church of Tomorrow; The Clock—A Timekeeping Tool for the Church of Tomorrow; and The Key—A Spiritual Language for the Church of Tomorrow