A Christian Journey

18. Did you hear?

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"18. For the Church, too, Jesus must remain the authoritative standard in all things. The Church is credible only when it follows in his way as a provisional, serving, guilty, determined Church. At all times practical consequences must be drawn from this for constant internal church reform and for ecumenical understanding."
Hans Küng

Did you hear about the church that thought
It had all the answers.
Then someone came up with a few new questions.
It didn’t look so clever after that.
The point is this, the Church is not the Kingdom.

Did you know about the church that shone
With ostentation.
Then it was revealed that the leaders lined their pockets.
It didn’t look so glorious after that.
The point is this, the Church must serve like Jesus.

Did you hear about the church that thought
It had reached perfection.
Then it turned out some members were not so innocent.
A charge of hypocrisy sprang to mind.
The point is this, the Church is as guilty as we are.

Did you read about the church that closed
When people stayed away.
Then in time of trouble they had nowhere to pray.
The light of faith was snuffed out.
The point is this, the Church must be brave and free.

Graham Andrew © 2011