Ringma points out that
"this touches one of the great mysteries of human existence and exposes the lie of Western materialism and self-preoccupation. In the west we have this idea that happiness is gained when we look after ourselves. The more we focus on ourselves, the better off we will be... but the gospel has a very different vision of life based on the self-giving of JC for our salvation, healing and renewal."As long as I can remember Church conversations always seemed to be about self preening and grooming to create that perfect environment. Get the music right; get the preaching right; get all seeker sensitive; get purpose driven. More recently the emerging church seems equally pre-occupied with itself, get the ambience right, images right; video loops; dialogue. It all leaves me questioning more and more the marketing hype which seems to offer so much more than actual substance.
I wonder what a resulting church would look like that spent more time forgetting itself and all the trappings desired. I wonder what a church would look like that actually found itself? I guess if the church is going to get anywhere near being the transforming influence it has been called to be we need to learn the art of forgetting ourselves!