I occasionally get confronted by well-meaning people who notice that I seem to be a bit pessimistic about the Church (universal). Such has especially been the case since I stopped actively working for one–which is fair. I have been a bit jaded in the past year. It’s hard going from the inside to (more or less) the outside–you get a bit disillusioned.
That notwithstanding, I’ve also just always been of the opinion the the Church (again, universal) DOES have a lot of problems that it badly needs to confront…and in my eyes, the only way to confront those issues is to–uhh–confront them. They need to be discussed and DEALT with. As such, I talk about them fairly regularly…but it occasionally prompts the following question, or some variant thereof, from other Christians (and others, too, I’d imagine).
“If it’s so bad, then why are you a part of it?”
Well…the simple answer is that it may not be in perfect order, but it’s the best we’ve got…and, if I may borrow from the Apostles’ Creed… I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
(* – “catholic” with a lower-case c literally means “the one holy” and is not necessarily related to the Catholic Church who chooses to capitalize everything while wearing funny hats.)
So…just for the record…I do believe that stuff. Just because the Church (universal) is about 50 years behind on matters of civil and social rights, and sometimes they treat EACH OTHER worse than the “heathens” treat them…that doesn’t mean they’re not right about actual theological issues.
…guess I just wanted to throw that out there, since the new semester has started at the college and there are all these freaking kids running around with their Bibles in hand. 🙂