1. I wish it was a church where anyone could come, and everyone was welcome -- a place where rich and poor, Republicans and Democrats, gays and straights, fundamentalists and fuzzy liberals could all gather around God's throne.
2. I wish my church offered a radical alternative to the status quo -- that it wasn't just another social club, but a place where people could get a taste of what heaven will be like. In short, I wish it's people were holy, even as the Lord is holy.Unfortunately, I haven't figured out a way to get both wishes. A church that accepts everybody, after all, is a church full of hypocrites -- but a church that doesn't is full of Pharisees.
Ecclesia semper reformans, semper reformanda, said the Protestant Reformers -- "the church is always reformed, and always in need of reformation."
And if that's true of my church . . .
Then how much more is it true of me?