The Church in Today’s Society – Part 1.5 of 3

Lunchtime Revelations, but not quite part 2.

I took lunch today, as it was a beautiful day, at a local park/nature conservation site known as Kathryn Albertson park. It was built as a memorial to the life of, who else, Kathryn Albertson (of the Albertson’s Grocery family). On my way to that park, I passed by a graveyard full of tombstones and grave markers, tributes to hundreds whose lives have now ended in this world, and have moved on to eternity, one direction or the other.

Cemetary

As I drove towards Albertson Park, I was struck by the following curiosity: “How many people whose names are on rocks in that cemetary had plans for their lives and for the Kingdom that they never executed on?”

Thought II- It was this thought that was still on my mind when I rounded the corner at Albertsons parking area, where you are greeted by not one, but several rocks, engraved in memory of Mrs. Albertson. Quite the memorial. Whatever she did in this life, those who thought her worth remembering did it in a big way.

Albertsons Park Entry

Now immediately, some will say that it was merely the money that made the difference in the representative lives here, and I’m sure, to some degree that is valid. But lets go a little deeper. I’m sure that there are those who had equal financial opportunity as Mrs. Albertson whose memory is restricted to that cemetary, and those few who go there to visit it. Yet, for some reason, Mrs. Albertsons memory was taken beyond the space where she may have been laid to rest, and brought to the community at large for its consumption. They made a place where everyone can enjoy remembering what she did, or learn about it, or ask the question “who was she??” (remember, I’m don’t need the life of someone to be spiritual to learn a lesson in a spiritual context from their life… that’s where I’m coming from here.)

Point or Proposition- The Church should be making such a memorial through our actions that causes the world to want to visit, learn about, and ask the question “who was He” about the man whom we believe so deeply in, that we are willing to make our lives a living memorial to what He has done for us. And when we do it, our memorial should be a park with acerage, not an indestingushable plot next to 2000 others. Your comments??

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3 Responses to “The Church in Today’s Society – Part 1.5 of 3”

  1. Mark Wilson Says:

    Hey Chad, great post. You have a gift for teaching. Keep going, He will refine you and make you ready.

    > The Church should be making such a memorial through our actions
    > that causes the world to want to visit, learn about, and ask the
    > question “who was He” about the man whom we believe so deeply in,
    > that we are willing to make our lives a living memorial to what He has
    > done for us.

    Yes. Paul says we are His epistles. He writes His life in ours – if we partner with Him to do that.

    I’m hoping that your series explores WHY WE DON’T see more of this. It’s a very interesting question to explore – with so much church attendance and so many church programs to help people, so much fabulous worship music… what is missing?

    Perhaps nothing is missing? 🙂

  2. Chad Houck Says:

    I offer one suggestion/consideration for your question above: The church is too concerned about seeming “self-serving” and too worried about false humility to self-promote the good that it is doing. When was the last time you saw a well written church press release? How about a news crew in a church on a sunday because of a controversial topic that a church was addressing head-on?

    What you do see making the news is our in-biting, bickering, and dissension among the ranks, because we allow the media to only publish (by only providing them with the negative story) our failures. We need to worry less about whether the world will think we are waving our own flags, and start waving. How many churches got involved with the Tsunami? The US Hurricanes? How many presented a news package to promote that fact to the networks? I promise you that corporations, politicians, and others PROACTIVELY manage their press. Why don’t more churches see this as important? I think, in response, that more are awakening to this need.

  3. dequinzio Says:

    brilliant blog! http://www.btennessee.com

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