I look forward to the day when there won’t be a church.
Or, rather, I look forward to the day when the church will not be contained within some and not all; when the work of the church is completed, when the Reign of God is Fullest, when all things are made whole and new in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It’s the mission of The Church, and hopefully any church—we need to be serving and sacrificing ourselves out of a job, as it were; or, more aptly, we have a mission that can, in fact, be accomplished.
The Onion, my favorite news source, ran the article Corporation Reaches Goal, Shuts Down, a spoof (obviously… it’s The Onion) where Dell Computers announced it was shutting down because they had revolutionized the way computers were sold. Mission accomplished, close the whole thing down.
Our mission is a little more expansive, certainly. We are called to participate in the reconciliation of all things to God, even our enemies. We are called to do justice, and if you watch the news for two minutes you can see there’s still plenty of work to be done. We are called to be inclusive, and honor diversity, which means giving up some of what we know and are comfortable with in the name of the resurrecting grace that will continue to work in us, and them, until there’s not an us and them. We are called to co-build the Reign of God through Jesus Christ.
So there is work to be done, friends. We’re gearing up for a new school year, stores are putting out Christmas decorations probably, and we continue to take steps forward. This Sunday, we’ll be talking about one of the three factors of Peace and Justice: Reconciliation. It will be swell. I look forward to seeing you then.