INSTITUTIONALIZED RELIGION

“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord, ‘Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in’’” (2 Samuel 7:5)?

It’s as if God is asking, “David, are you really going to take what was intended to be a faith of dynamic character, with sweeping eternal implications for all nations, and turn it into a static, localized, and institutionalized religion; relegated to man-made buildings and protocols of decorum? The place of our assembling together must never become a substitute for the place of our mission. While staying behind stained glass offers an easier and more pristine religious expression, it stands in stark contrast to a missional faith that requires getting our hands dirtied by the brokenness of human suffering and despair.

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