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Secular Society

Stained Glass WindowBelief without belonging just does not work. Secular society asserted that "one doesn't have to go to church to be a Christian" but individual Christians could not exist outside the Body of Christ, either as the institutional church or as some other vehicle of faith. They could not be separated for any extended period of time without losing their spiritual identity. Away from the Body, Christians initially experienced a heightened sense of spirituality, the high of "the unimpeded Jesus in me!"

Belief without Belonging

Faith PosterAs the weeks of absence from the faith community passed, these lapsed into mere formality, a sort of belief without belonging, until Christianity had no real impact on life anymore. In fact belief and belonging naturally existed together like a horse and carriage. We all need the weekly glow of fellow believers for our faith to burn brightly.

Revive the Church

Burning FireLike the ember that falls from a burning fire, faith and belief quickly grew cold on their own. They did however revive into glowing redness when set amongst the other coals. As difficult as it may have been sometimes because of the many faults of the institutional church and its leaders, Christians needed to persevere with weekly worship attendance and fellowship.

"Christian Belief Belonging"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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