I realized earlier today that this summer will mark 10 years of school AFTER high school. During those 10 years, I’ve taken a total of two summers off and there was a gap of about 3.5 years between Southwestern and Dallas Baptist the second time. I only took a month off between my undergrad and grad school the first time because it was either that or move twice. I’ve been in school 23 of the last 26 years.
I was reading an article earlier that talked about the educational emphasis of church. Essentially the author’s point was that education is good, but church is not about education it is about a relationship with a secondary aim being more relationships. This is derivative, taken from the great commandment and applied to church, but I believe that scripture supports the idea.
So the question then is, are we doing relationships with God as the primary and other’s as the secondary or is it just a series of educational experiences where we learn more about God and have a sing-a-long? It is easy for us to slip into the habit of education. Don’t get me wrong, learning more about God is a good thing, but only in relationship with Him. When church becomes an educational practice where you go to the church campus, to hear lectures on Bible stuff, and sing familiar songs that reinforce the Bible stuff, you’ve missed church.
I think we need to ask ourselves if the church is serving to draw people into a relationship with God or if it is serving as another element of the education of our lives. Personally, I get plenty of school. Most of my generation has had plenty of school, even if they stopped before me. Think about it, what is your church doing? When people talk about your church do they emphasize relationship or programs?