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Grocery Store or Garden?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in blog links, community, service | Comments Off

Grocery Store or Garden?

Arthur (from “the voice of one crying out in suburbia“) is at it again. This time, he’s talking about “Gospel Grocery Stores.” Arthur quotes a book in comparing many churches to grocery stores, providing produce to anonymous people.

Instead, he says, churches should be more like community gardens, where the people work together to produce the fruit of their labor. He says:

The church should be more like a community garden and less like a supermarket. That might mean we need to spend a lot of time together. We might get a bit dirty in the process and there are going to be disappointments. Things might not turn out like we hope. If you have a garden and plant tomatoes, sometimes some of the tomatoes will have bugs in them or turn brown or fall off the vine before they are ripe. Sometimes it rains too much and sometimes it rains too little.

Yeah, Arthur’s right. It’s hard work.I wonder if the “hard work” is the reason that many people choose to skip that part and jump straight to the fruit of another’s labor?