My friend Mike McNichols has begun blogging again. And like before, it’s really good stuff. In a RECENT POST, he quotes Jurgen Moltmann:
“If Christianity is to become aware of what it is, we must abandon the pastoral church which takes care of people, which is the usual form of the Western church. Instead, we have to call to life a Christian community church. Either we set about this church reform by ourselves, or it will be forced on us by the loss of church members.” (The Source of Life, p. 96)
This cuts through one of the false pseudo-Christian stories that the western church has adopted, that the church exists primarily to care for its people. Rather, we exist primarily for the implementation of God’s mission for the sake of the world. And in that context, care and healing are properly found and experienced.