Monday, 18 December 2017
Church and Culture
Yesterday's service concluded our exploration of characters from the Christmas story with a focus on the wise men/magi. These three travelers were star gazers from Persia who through a combination of astrology and Jewish legend seemed to find their way to the stable. They represented for me those who come from outside of the Christian community and caused me to think about those in the wider Canadian culture. We acknowledged that the current culture is increasingly secular, most of whom are neither intrigued nor reactive to the life of church and faith - they are simply indifferent. We noted that there are a few in our culture, represented by the threatening King Herod, who want to challenge anything Christian and that, in a variety of places around the world, Christians face significant persecution. The Magi represent the curious and the seekers who show up at our door. As I explored with folks within the congregation about what draws them to faith and church two answers appeared. Many are seeking a meaningful community to be a part of and the church has provided a warm welcome. The other response pointed to the mystical - a sense of something holy, something intuitive, something emotional - that still calls to the human heart. Church and faith respond to that innate human need. What draws you to church and faith? Or perhaps, what keeps you away? I look forward to your responses.