Why?

That’s the question that I cannot get out of my head as we think about life post COVID restriction. I know we’re not their yet, I know we’re still emerging from lockdown and I know there may be bumps in the road ahead and potentially some set backs along the way. But I still cannot escape the ‘why?’ question.

Not why COVID? But why do we do what we do? And why did we do what we did? And why would we restart it? I’m starting with everything, why do we meet at the time we do and do our meetings the way we do? What are the biblical norms that drive us to do that in that why? Have the cultural reasons that shape the way we do what we do changed and if so what does that mean?

So for example, why do we do church on a Sunday? Why do we do it in the morning? Why do we only have one service? Why do we have Sunday school? Why do we do communion at the frequency we do and how we do it? It seems like we have paused so many things during this pandemic and that space has been helpful in giving a new perspective from which to think theses things through. To stand back and ask why? What are we commanded to do and how? And what are we flexible on? What can we change in light of our desire to equip God’s people to be and speak grace where God has placed us?

I’m not suggesting change for changes sake. But I am suggesting it’s worth us re-evaluating what we do and why. It might be we change some things, it might be we don’t, but in the process we gain a fresh perspective on why we do them as we do and a new vision for what God wants to achieve through them.

3 thoughts on “Why?

  1. Al, great questions. I have been asking similar ones. The widening gap between what happens on Sunday mornings and what I read about the church in the New Testament constantly troubles me.

    My book, CURING SUNDAY SPECTATORITIS, tackles some of these issues. In it I quote Ray Stedman, who wrote: “When the ministry was . . . left to the professionals there was nothing left for the people to do other than come to church and listen. . . .Soon Christianity became nothing but a spectator sport.”

    My prayer has been that this COVID pause will result in a widespread desire to reexamine and reshape the ways in which we gather.

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