“On earth as it is in Heaven”(illustrations by-Akiane Kramarik)

painting of jesus

The format is preprogrammed, planned, assembled,

A finished product before presentation

And I listened…listened well

But there was so much that remained to be said

The enormous view-screen in the background 

plastered imax sized images to correspond to the music and the message

We all sung together…

But there was something missing?

I was caught up in the euphoria the feigned transcendence

The flood of artificial illumination over-bearing fluorescence overhead

The suggested essence

Found only the conspicuous absence of presence

The pastor is a stranger to me

He has given me books he’s written

In beautiful pictures, intimate glimpses of his home life and family

I tried to get close to this experience

Made some purchases at the table

The one outside before entering inside

But when I got home those things had lacked the luster of the moment

i placed the Pastor’s book beside my bible

and it seemed perverse after i had done so.

i felt shame and repented

Jesus said:

“if you are ashamed of me then I will be ashamed of you”

And if there is no longer condemnation in Christ

how could i be convicted of conscience in the spirit

unless something were amiss?

i am not ashamed to confess Christ as my Saviour and Redeemer.

This was a church named “freedom”

that i had attended

Therein I panted desperately to be refreshed

I left…

Thirstier…

Than when I had first arrived

i have heard and have been told numerous times over the years

“church is what you make it”

i respectfully decline any role in such a construct of man

Jesus i choose to follow you.

church is not

“what we make it”

can we make anything good?

this is a lie.

Luke 18:19

19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

church is not ours to “make” or “unmake”

Church is…

something:

“we are”

or

“are not”

Regardless of where we might find ourselves at any “given” moment.

heaven 1

 

One fly…is not a plague

neither is one frog

just as one grasshopper is not a plague.

But in a swarm,

the seemingly benign and non-threatening

by actions or inactions can mutate into a… 

“plague”

Anthony Gomez, Moncks Corner S.C.

 

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One thought on ““On earth as it is in Heaven”(illustrations by-Akiane Kramarik)

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