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 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.
And just when we had every simplified….