It seems like a virus. Once someone is infected with the virus, dissatisfaction for the current state of church begins. This dissatisfaction isn’t necessarily malicious.
Recently, a friend of mine was cursing his ability to see things differently and longing for the naivety he enjoyed before. It would seem there is no going back.
How does one handle dissatisfaction without being a critic? What do you do when you can no longer be someone who blindly follows? Dissatisfaction is a necessary step in moving away from the status quo.
Like being an adolescent, this is often an awkward stage. You no longer fit the current mold, but you may not be involved in something else.
In the time that I’ve been reading blogs, I have identified some things that I question about current church structure.
1. I believe that power structures are detrimental to kingdom life.
2. I believe that church budgets often don’t prioritize care for the poor.
3. I believe that our program-driven church models have little impact on the world.
The traditional model is so entrenched in our Christian culture that the idea of “coloring outside the lines” is threatening. Unfortunately, those who haven’t been infected with dissatisfaction will either ignore or oppose anything that doesn’t fit the traditional model.
Let’s face it, in the minds of those who have not yet grown weary of running on the program-driven treadmill of institutional church, we simply don’t make sense.
In the meantime, even if we have yet to see “where we fit,” we can be busy allowing God to shape us into the person He wants us to be and trust that He has the ability to place in the Body.