What is organised religion? How does one know when one meets organised religion? Does organised religion come with a sign that says “Organised Religion: enter here”?
I have a confession. This real community of real people connected by WordPress and the internet … I get more “God” here than I have found elsewhere.
In this community I do not know what job you do … what clothes you wear … how big or small your house … how big or small your ego … how high or low on the pecking order. I know nothing about you – yet I Know You.
I know you because you know me. And we know each other because we both come with our “spiritual button” exposed. And because of that I can only connect with your spiritual button – and you can only connect with mine. And once we have connected in a spiritual place – the rest does not matter. And if we do not connect in that spiritual place – the rest does not matter (for a different reason).
Imagine a church where that was true.
Where all were all blind to clothes, colour, income, titles, pecking orders, length of service, cliques and clans. Imagine that place where (because each connected spiritually) the rest did not matter.
Have you been in such a place. Did it stay that way? Did you stay that way?
Yet in this internet community I have “met” and connected spiritually with many. And there are many I would trust with my life. Who I would trust with my wallet. Whose eccentricities and foibles – whose humanity and selflessness – I would accept and embrace.
And you might not be “that” really – or not all the time – or not with everyone. But once we each connect our spiritual buttons – the rest does not matter. And I think “that” is what organised religion is not. And I think that having experienced what organised religion is – I miss what organised religion is not.
I have found in this internet community a church that is “a church”.
Where all walks of life, all lifestyles of living, all loving of lovers – where the anger of dislikes, the passion of anoraks, the tradition of religion, the trendy of non-religion – where the ones disinterested, the ones empowered, the ones disenfranchised, the ones franchised – where all ARE welcome.
I find that this community is “church”.
Where we meet as we are. Where we are each met as we are. Where I can change because of you and because of you allowing me. Where I can be safe because having connected spiritually – the rest simply does not matter. Where I can be safe because others will see that I am. I have yet to find another place where that is true (other than family).
Yet this community is ever-changing. Some come every day, others come and go, others come and then leave.
And the doors are always open – and someone is always here.
If this is not church, then I do not know church at all.