welcome to church… with a few conditions

"Sorta Welcomed" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Sorta Welcomed” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


“All are welcome!”

But not all of the all.

There is a difference.


10 Replies to “welcome to church… with a few conditions”

  1. This represents my experience every time. Don’t dare think independently or you are branded a troublemaker, backslidden, or even an outright heretic.

  2. Thank you David. That’s one of the nicest things you have said to me. Lol. It is so much better when it is meant as a compliment.

  3. lol

    Could shocking, rude, not having enough resources to deal with your issue, really having to watch your sense of humour, having the good old fashioned sin of pride, laughing, and you need to repent be included?

  4. Wherever there is power, we will discover its lure and its intoxication.

    After weeks of drinking it, It is hard to decline the taste.

    I have been on both sides of the cartoon in the past. Drunk with it on the right; wishing entry to community on the left.

    I now lean towards the Acts 15 model : those with power push for minimal rules. It means that we drink the power, but cease becoming drunk.

    It means our communities become ‘messy’, yet non-destructive to those that wish to stay.

  5. Caryn,

    What you wrote was interesting “those with power push for minimal rules”.

    In Acts 15 the issue was of on believing pharisee saying Gentiles needed to be circumcised and be obedient to the Law. In response to this saying “why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” Yet James spoke, giving instruction to “abstain from meats offered to idols.”

    So yes there clearly is consideration for the Gentiles there but also a concession made for the Jews with the instruction given to Gentiles.

    So the “rules” in this case were too much to bear yet some were still attached to them. The skill of Peter’s negotiation between parties and Jame’s instruction on what “rules” to follow seems to have resulted in avoidance of conflict between Jewish and Gentile believers.

    So – I guess it will be those who can see both sides, reason in ways that all will listen to and give direction that will be followed that are key at such times.

    I suppose it’s the old tribal nature that can get in the way – like minded people joining together and being hostile to those outside of “the club”. Something we all can be tempted to do.

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