Growing up I had an infautation with learning how things worked. Some suggest this is normal for young boys. I recall a transistor radio I took apart repeatedly to see if I could figure out how it worked. My parents bought me “an educational toy” giving me the opportunity to explore a number of “science” projects. One of the features was an electronics set which gave me the opportunity to learn how to wire a radio.
My ventures into taking something apart and putting it back together were more failure than success. Chances are if it worked before it would not after.
Now many years later I have learned there are some things you may take apart and put back together and gain some improvement. Other things still are better left alone.
Transitioning this into the life of a community of faith is quite interesting …
A transistor radio is static. Once produced it does not grow; it does not change. A church, local community of faith, is different. Chances are over time it is not what it was when it began. Sometimes this is for the better and sometimes for the not so better.
Occasionally it is healthy to take apart the “church culture” and cut away those things that tend to be more cultural than Scriptural/Spiritual. Too many times we mix our cultural context with our faith in unhealthy ways. We had some interesting discussions about that on Convergence in its early days. There was confusion around the idea that we are a “Christian” nation, in the sense, what we do is more right than others in the world. I am not sure this lands well when logically followed.
One area that is cultural, is the idea that the only true Scripture is the King James version of the Bible. The pitch is made with little regard to the implications. Were there other Scriptural translations prior to the KJV? If so, were they not “authorized”? As though the edict of a king makes Scripture authoritative.
Just one item in a long line of taking apart – now we need ohealthy wasy to put back together.