by Phil Miglioratti
The problem is not so much organized religion as it is fossilized religion.
Human beings organize. That's what we do. Relationships bring people together. Purpose requires symbiotic actions. We make roads. Schedules. Groups build things. We create community with those we agree with. We write down what we agree upon.
Human beings also create rules and regulations to stay organized but invariably those laws and labels can become fossilized. Truth that has life squeezed out of it. Justice without mercy. Love bound-up by legalism. Rules that grieve and traditions that quench the Spirit. Unnecessarily inflexible. Undeservedly judgmental.
Which is why the Church must pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17), inviting the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to how we can apply Romans 12:2. to our systems and structure, traditions and teachings (our interpretations and applications, not the bedrock truths of God-Christ-Redemption).
We need faith-filled, fearless, thought-leaders who ask and seek then keep knocking, looking to scripture and listening in prayer for discernment and direction for the ways and wisdom of God for the days in which we live.
Unafraid to retain how we think.
Redo what we ask the Church to do in discipleship, fellowship, worship, leadership, stewardship, citizenship.
Not conformed to what we have designed. Transformed by the sewing of our mind.