I’ve had a lot of conversations with other 20 somethings about the church. “What is the church? Why is the church here? Is hanging out with 5 other people studying a Christian book ‘doing church’? Is my campus ministry my local church? What does it look like to be a part of a local church?” Lots of important questions.
Kevin DeYoung recently wrote about the glory of plodding. Plodding, working slowly and perseveringly, is something that our generation might need to learn to value more. Specifically in relation to the local church, we are quickly bored and impatient with people unlike ourselves. He writes, “It’s sexy among young people — my generation — to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church.” If that’s not ideal, what do we need?
What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church — a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of godly obedience and God’s glory, and pursuing that godliness and glory with relentless, often unnoticed, plodding consistency.
The whole article worth reading. His conclusion:
Don’t give up on the church. The New Testament knows nothing of churchless Christianity. The invisible church is for invisible Christians. The visible church is for you and me. Put away the Che Guevara t-shirts, stop the revolution, and join the rest of the plodders. Fifty years from now you’ll be glad you did.
Read the whole article here. If you read the whole thing, what do you think?