In Organic vs Institutional (in me?) I talked about the problems that I had previously seen as Institutional vs Organic really boiled down to me and where I was at in my heart. I demonstrated this through a few examples of good traits and bad traits and how those can both be exemplified in either setting.
Today I want to build on this. If the issue is not about different ways of doing things but really about where my heart is at and my willingness to love God and others then maybe I need to start thinking a lot more about the issues inside of me and less about the superficial issues (or surface issues – i don’t mean to say they are unimportant) I see in Institutional churches. I will demonstrate what I mean with yet another amazing table!:
|The Institutional Church||Me|
|Power hungry||Clergy/Laity and hierarchical structures||Wanting people to listen to me and think I’m great; conversely not wanting to listen to and submit to others|
|Pragmatic and Materialistic||Asking for tithes and only giving 15% of offerings outside the local congregation||Not helping my neighbors when they have needs, not considering how I can use my income to help others, and not taking responsibility to help others|
|Impersonal and distant||Programs replace Relationships||I keep my distance from others which means not being honest and open with them|