Sunday, 13 December 2009

What's Missing From This Picture?

I happened to attend a dinner tonight, held in a church of the denomination in which I grew up. Posted prominently in the foyer is their mission statement. It reads as follows:
The mission of _____ ______ Church is to provide a nurturing environment for Children, Youth and Adults to explore their spirituality befriending, encouraging and walking with people of all ages through good times and bad.
We have a mission of Peace, Hope and Love to share.

You can see what (or Who) is missing. No mention at all of God or Jesus. It is a completely man-centered statement. In fact, notice whose names are capitalized. In place of God, whose name we generally capitalize, the terms for various people groups, Children, Youth and Adults have been given that honour.

This from the church whose Basis of Union, in 1925, boldly declared,
...we build upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone. We affirm our belief in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the primary source and ultimate standard of Christian faith and life.
and...
We believe in the one only living and true God, a Spirit infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being and perfections; the Lord Almighty...
and...
We believe in and confess the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and man...

Now reduced to, "exploring (the) spirituality..." of those now worthy of being addressed in capital letters, such spirituality meaning, I assume, whatever definition any paricular individual chooses to assign to the term.

Sad and unfortunate. How the faithful are fallen.
Take Care

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