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inceteaza sa mai mergi la biserica, Quit Going to Church – Bob Hostetler

Nu, nu gandi superficial; nu este o carte impotriva bisericii sau a functiilor ei. Nu este o carte ce ar incuraja pe cei cuprinsi in fenomenul areligios sau anticrestin ori cei care spun ca-l iubesc pe Isus dar nu pot suporta pe urmasii lui.

“Quit Going to Church” scrisa de Bob Hostetler si aparuta la Leafwood Publishers” isi propune sa adreseze intrebari despre de ce facem ceea ce facem; nu in scopul de a abandona forma si de a revigora functia. Dupa cum autorul spune scopul este de a identifica si corecta modalitatiel ce ne-au indepartat de calea lui Isus / “identifying and correcting the ways we have forgotten – or departed from – the way of Jesus.”(p.13)

Apatia este o atitudine intalnita in biserica. Oameni spun ca pastorul/conducerea e vinovata; liderii spun ca oamenilor nu le pasa si d’aia e asa. Si oarecum cele doua parti de intalnesc tacit la mijloc girand idea ca poate cumva crestinismul e de vina.

Parcurgerea “Quit Going to Church” constituie un bun prilej pentru oricine de a renuta in a mai indeplini lucruri doar pentru ca sa s-a obisnuit (ne rugam de mantuiala, cantam din obigatie, dam zeciuala ca sa scada la taxe, etc.

Umblarea crestina nu trebuie definita doar prin participarea la serviciile bisericii; crestinismul nu a tinut si nu va tine doar de un loc sau spatiu. Biserica este un element important dar crestinsimul trebuie validat in afara biericii.

In fiecare capitol autorul invita la a te opri din ceva; nu mai citi Biblia, nu te mai ruga, nu mai voluntaria, nu mai fi asa dragut, etc. Cele 12 capitole pot fi parcurse usor – unul pe zi ar fi un ritm bun pentru a medita la ce provocari si ajustari poti face in viata personal de credinta.

De fapt invitatia generala (formulata variat in fiecare capitol) este de a nu face toate aceste lucrari “crestine” (bisericesti) dintr-o motivatie gresita. Din punctul de vedere al reconsiderarii motivatiei de a participa si fi implicat in promovarea crestinismului consider cartea utila.

Poate fi acest mod de chestionare inteles drept un atac la adresa disciplinelor spirituale? Da, se poate vedea si asa. Personal incurajez pe orice spre o viata disciplinata de rugaciune, citire, meditare, dar sa nu practicam anumite lucruri doar de dragul mecanismului, in virtutea inertiei.

“Quit going to Church” vrea sa sublinieze responsabilitatea fiecaruia. Crestinismul soclita credinciosie 100% pura fara de Christos. Si aceasta e cea mai mare provocare a vietii, un process ce suporta ajustari zilnice spre sfintenie.

Multi gandim si intelgem aceste observatii (pentru mine ideile nu au fost noi); ceea ce trebui este o privire aprofundata asupra consideratiilor teologice si implicatiilor comunitare. Bob Hollester investigheaza, ridica interbari justificate dar nu ofera decat foarte vag o alternativa la o situatia de fata.

Temenul abundent folosit de autor este “Churchianity” – bisericism – o forma alterata a crestinismului usor de sesizat in cercuri fundamentaliste. Bob Hostetler inspecteaza provocarile postmodernitatii contemporane la adresa bisericii intr-un usor stil emergent; chestioneza problemele si finalizeaza discutia la un nivel de suprafata.

Precum o predica, la final (p.215) el publica o rugaciune ce sumarizeaza intregul volum:

  • Ma rog sa incetati sa mai mergeti la biserica…si sa incepeti sa fiti biserica;
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa spuneti rugaciuni…si sa incepeti va dezvoltati un obicei din a-i tine companie lui Dumnezeu;
  • Ma rog sa va opriti in a citi Biblia…si sa incepeti sa o folositi pentru a va relationa la viata lui Isus.
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa va impartasiti credinta…si a incepe sa va impartasiti viata;
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa mai dati zeciuala si sa inlocuiti regula celor zece procente cu suta la suta pentru Isus.
  • Ma rog sa va opriti din a mai voluntaria la activitati… si sa incepeti sa practicati darurile primite eficient si cu bucurie in slujirea lui Dumnezeu;
  • Ma rog sa va opriti din a fi draguti…si sa incepeti sa fiti reali;
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa-i mai ajutati pe cei saraci…si sa incepeti sa fiti una cu ei;
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa mai fiti buni… si sa incepti sa va concentrati in fiecare clipa sa fiti in prezenta lui Isus.
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa va mai inchinati cum va place voua… si sa incepeti sa va incinati cum ii face lui Dumnezeu placere (cum?).
  • Ma rog sa incetati sa mai “tabarati” in jurul Domnului si …sa incepeti sa fiti curajosi si credinciosi decisi sa inaintati prin toate incertitudinele vietii si increzandu-va total in Dumnezeu in privinta finalitatii.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

EG

 

No, don’t think superficial looking just at title; this is not a book against the church or Christianity. It not that kind of books that would encourage those kept in the irreligious phenomena or anti-Christian types of people who usually said that “I love Jesus but his followers cannot bear”.

Quit Going to Church is another book that aims to address questions about why we do what we do, not to abandon forms but trying to revive the functions. As the author says the main goal is to ‘identifying and correcting the Ways we have forgotten – or departed from – the way of Jesus. “(P.13)
Apathy is a common attitude in the church. Christian walk should not be defined only by church attendance, Christianity did not take and not just about a place or space. Church is an important thing but our Christianity must be validated outside the church walls.

In each chapter the author invites you to stop something (stop reading the Bible, stop praying, do not volunteer anymore, stop being nice, etc.) The 12 chapters can be covered easily – one per day would be a good pace to reflect on the challenges and adjustments you can make the personal life of faith.

In fact general invitation (worded varied of each individual chapter) is not doing all the work “Christian” (Church) from the wrong motivation. In terms of motivation to reconsider what really means Christianity for you I consider the book usefully.

Many of us are thinking and comprehend these observations and the solutions are not easy to implement without deeply theological considerations and various implications for Christian Communities. Book investigates some issued raises some justified questions but offer sometimes a vague alternative to all situations.
Term used by the author abundantly is “Churchianity” – an altered form of Christianity easily observed in fundamentalist circles. Bob Hostetler inspects postmodernity challenges to the church in an easy emergent style finalized discussions at a surface level. May be a second book will follow.

As a sermon at the end (p.215) he published a prayer that summarizes the entire book:

 

“I pray you quit going to church…and start being the church.
I pray you will quit saying your prayers…and make it a habit instead to keep company with God.
I pray for you to quit reading the Bible, using it instead as a means of relating to him.
I pray you will quit sharing your faith…and share your life.
I pray for you to quit tithing and replace the ‘ten percent way’ of the law with the ‘hundred percent way’ of Jesus.
I pray that you will quit volunteering…and start exercising your gifts with greater effectiveness and enjoyment in God’s service.
I pray that you will quit being nice…and be real instead.
I pray for you to quit helping the poor…and unite with them instead.
I pray for you to quit fellowshipping and start partying.
I pray that you will give up all attempts to be good and instead focus on one thing – the better thing – of daily dwelling in Jesus’ presence.
I pray that you will quit enjoying worship and inspiring yourself in worship…and instead focus your worship on making God happy.
And, finally, I pray that you will quit camping out in the center of God’s will and instead be courageous and full of faith, boldly embracing uncertainty and trusting God for the results.

 

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