Rachel planned to ask her friends, Leah and Amelia, for coffee at Starbucks. It has been a while since just the 3 of them were able to spend time together after being hitched and settled down with their kids. Rachel’s desire was to have a ladies night out.
After Church one Sunday, she got the attention of Leah and Amelia and asked, “Are you two free on Thursday to grab a coffee at Starbucks to catch up?”
A frightened look come over Leah. Amelia just stood there looking at Leah. Rachel was puzzled.
Leah said proudly, “Don’t go to Starbucks, Be the Starbucks…”
Stop Saying This
Obviously, the Starbucks example is silly, but how often do Christians say this in their own language?
Don’t go to Church, Be the Church.
Because this phrase makes perfect sense! Because the Church is not an organization and we don’t have local churches. So, in order to be Christ like, we have to be the Church-whatever that means. I just wish Christians had a place to gather and worship Christ together. How awesome would that be? A small local gathering for the sole purpose of praising Jesus. I just wish that existed.
But it doesn’t, does it? Instead of going to a Church, I am the Church. I just wish I knew what this meant?
It Does NOT Make Sense
Christians are funny. We use phrases that have a different meaning than what the word or phrase means. I understand “Be the Church” is a phrase that is saying…well, maybe I don’t understand it (Ha!). I think it means that our hope is not in the Church as an institution but to do great things to others without the institution. Hopefully, we will make Jesus known by our actions and point others to see the glories of Christ.
Yet, Scripture is clear on the importance of being a part of a local church. I am not a Church. I am not the Church. The Bible speaks to how a Church should function (1 Timothy 3:1-13). Therefore, I’m not the church, and neither are you.
Am I being cynical? Yeah, maybe a little bit. However, I ask us to use language that carries meaning. Especially words that we can easily explain. Otherwise, I’m going to start being Starbucks! What would you be?