In my last post, we wondered how we got here as a church. Why it seems the focus of church has become more about me and less about us. I finished that post with a question: How did we get here? Here is my feeble attempt at an answer.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have agendas for life. We like to drive a certain way, eat at certain times, watch certain TV programs and vote for certain candidates based on important issues to us. There is nothing wrong with having agendas. We need them to function and perform daily tasks. The problem with our agendas is when we think they should be everyone’s agenda. We get bothered when people drive slower than we want them to. We don’t agree with how other people schedule their lives or vote for the “wrong” person. We want things to be the way we want them to be and the truth is, we should. If we didn’t, then that would mean that what we do and believe is wrong. No person structures his life in a fashion that he believes is wrong and unacceptable. We all govern our existence by rules that we think are right and appropriate. If we didn’t, that would be rather foolish. The problem isn’t our agendas, but it is when we think our agendas are the only agendas. So, what do we do with that?