I used to do the “Like/Don’t like” lists as a kid. It’s an interesting exercise, to try to change everything you do like into something you don’t, or something you don’t like into something you do. So: what I like/don’t like about church:
- I Like the feeling of corporate agreement and the close bond from knowing that we are “in this together”
- I don’t like how readily that lends itself to the mob mentality
- I like knowing that there are all those other people there, interested in my well being
- I don’t like when they involve themselves in areas of my life I don’t invite them into- especially when we aren’t in agreement.
- I like the spontaneous honesty, and knowing people as whole people far more deeply than one would in another context
- I don’t like knowing the deepest secrets of someone who may have stayed a relative stranger if we hadn’t gone on a retreat together.
- I like the “church food” served at luncheons- no one knows a casserole like a church lady, am I right?
- I don’t like that church luncheons always seem to be a table of casseroles and a table of deserts and one lonely salad with fatty dressing
- I like hearing sermons I didn’t expect to hear, and agreeing where I didn’t expect to agree
- I don’t like the other eighty percent of the time when all I can think is “been there, read that, heard this.”
- I like the fact that I seem naturally propelled into positions of responsibility. It feels good to take care of people.
- I don’t like the fact that I don’t always feel like I get to choose my own calling.
- I like being in a community.
- I don’t like the fact that the church community seems to be a gated one.
- I like having hope for the future
- I don’t like knowing that we’ve got such a long way to go.
That’s enough for today. I’m feeling very sleepy.