Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Jesus Was Into Organized Religion

Justin Taylor posted a blurb from today's Newsweek/Washington Post religion section, written by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, who wrote a book called Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. These gentlemen have the audacity to suggest that the problem may lie more so with those leaving the church than with the church itself.

The article they wrote reminds us well that to speak poorly of the church is to speak poorly of Christ's bride, who was worth the shedding of blood to redeem:
We love the church because Christ loved the church. She is his bride--a harlot at times, but his bride nonetheless, being washed clean by the word of God (Eph. 5:25-26). If you are into Jesus, don't rail on his bride. Jesus died for the church, so don't be bothered by a little dying to self for the church's sake. If you keep in mind that everyone there is a sinner (including yourself) and that Jesus Christ is the point and not you, your dreams, or your kids, your church experience might not be as lame as you fear.
Christians would do well to reconsider why they leave traditional, organized religion. While DeYoung and Kluck do not shy from admitting that the church is full of imperfect and hypocritical people, it still deserves our respect and love.

Read the whole thing here: "Church: Love It, Don't Leave It"