“Love God and Love Others”

The church I go to has a mission statement.  A couple of years ago, leadership examined their mission statement and decided it was good but too long and cumbersome – that no one could remember it and recite it.  So they changed it.

After much thought and consideration, they boiled it down to these five, simple words: “Love God and love others“.

It’s a great mission statement on so many levels!  It actually is a distillation of the first and second greatest commands according to Jesus.  Basically, it’s biblical.  You can’t beat that.

Also, it is short and pithy.  It’s catchy.  You can’t forget it.  You could put it on a bumper sticker and still have room for more.  You can learn it and memorize it in the same amount of time it takes to tell it to you.

And I love it.

I totally approve.  And everyone else does too.  You could search all day and all night, but you won’t find anyone who disapproves.

BUT…

But there is one thing I have come to learn about our mission statement where I go to church: Loving God and loving others, as far as WE are concerned, DOES NOT mean we open the door to the homeless poor of our town and give them refuge in the blessings we enjoy as a church.  No.  We “love God and love others”, but we don’t do that.

Hmmm…

And just when we had every simplified….

2 comments

  1. I did my pastor as a pastor to make sure what we did aligned with our mission statement. If it didn’t, we didn’t do it. We were more intentional about accomplishing it. Not saying I got it right, but I sure did try.

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    • Agent X · December 1, 2018

      Thanx for saying that. You give me an opportunity to temper my remarks in an important way here..

      I totally get that we all have blind spots. You, alone, cannot see it all, understand it all, know it all, do it all, feel it all, and get it all. (We have great tools (like mission statements) to help, but even then, you just can’t cover all the angles alone.)

      This is not lost on God who made us. And I expect THIS is one very important aspect to COMMUNITY that God had in mind for us all along. That we compliment one another, that your strengths meet my weaknesses and vice versa and together, in the Spirit of God, we do far more than just the sum of our parts.

      And recognizing that, I have all manner of grace for those churches and church leaders who simply have not recognized the problem.

      So, let me distinguish something here:

      When pastors are confronted with their blind spots, (and I am not talking about willy-nilly confrontations here (like what color the drapes should be or where to set the poinsettias in the Sanctuary at Christmas time) I mean when they are confronted with blind spots by Jesus (when I can plainly point out to a pastor the words of Jesus (esp when they are quite clear and not forced through hermeneutical contortions)) THEN the pastor’s blind spot has been healed (unless he refuses to SEE).

      When it comes to THAT point, we have a clear distinction.

      The reason we have THIS blog at all is because we are dealing with THAT distinction.

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