Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Buildings! What buildings?
It is a sobering message to us who put so much emphasis, time and energy into making our buildings so well-ordered, beautiful and well-equipped. But if what is going on inside them - or in some cases NOT going on inside them - is contrary to the will of God then, lovely and iconic as they are, God ceases to be interested in them and they can, will, and do as a result, fall into disuse and destruction.
Think of all the church and chapel closures that have come about in the past 20 years. Some have come about for more obvious reasons like shortage of ministers, population decline or because they were simply built in the wrong places. But that does not account for the majority of them and we have to look more closely about how they were being used, what was being taught within them and whether they had compromised their faith in some way. Like the Temple Jesus was talking about, had they rejected Jesus? Had they become closed to the Spirit? Were they dishonouring God?
There is an old religious joke that has been doing the rounds for years which goes like this:`` I was walking across a bridge one day, and ...