Most blogs, posts on FB and Twitter, most emergent authors, most missional writers rail against both organized religion and institutional church.
I get why most people have issues with the church as an organized religious institution. There are legitimate issues and concerns that are unhealthy and destructive elements of organized religious institutions.
That's the neck of theological woods I typically hang out in.
But I had a very frightening thought as I was sipping on my coffee out at Starbucks just now.
What if the best way for people to experience God is still in......gasp.....organized institutional churches?
The only way a Christian can fully experience the body of Christ is in community.
And as soon as people gather in communities there needs to be some organization and ways of being to which people must adhere to.
And when that happens, organizations and institutions are birthed.
The only way to remain uninstitutionalized and unorganized is to remain in isolation.
But it is precisely in community where we learn to be loving, kind, patient, forgiving, etc.
I don't know.....Maybe it's just a weird batch of coffee beans at Starbucks today.