Thursday, January 31, 2013
We Are A Mission Church
On that sign, it said in elegantly multihued letters: "We Are A Mission Church."
My nephew looked at me, and said, in his earnest way, "Uncle Dave?"
"What," I responded.
"I don't know what that sign means," he said. I asked him what part he didn't understand. "Any of it. That sentence doesn't make sense to me."
I told him what I was reasonably sure it meant. Mission means many things to varying sorts of Christians, but these being suburban Methodists and all, I figured I could speak with confidence. "They mean they do good work in the community and in the world," I said, "and they do it because what they believe makes them want to do that good work."
"Oh," he said. "OK. Then why don't they just say that?"
I told him I didn't know.
Funny, how we church folk find ways to describe our goodness so that the world has no clue what we're talking about.