Quotes Worth Repeating – If The Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley

If the church were Christian, Jesus would be a model for living, not an object of worship.

If the church were Christian, affirming our potential would be more important than condemning our brokenness.

If the church were Christian, reconciliation would be valued over judgment.

If the church were Christian, gracious behavior would be more important than right belief.

If the church were Christian, inviting questions would be more important than supplying answers.

If the church were Christian, encouraging personal exploration would be more important than communal uniformity.

If the church were Christian, meeting needs would be more important than maintaining institutions.

If the church were Christian, peace would be more important than power.

If the church were Christian, it would care more about love and less about sex.

If the church were Christian, this life would be more important than the afterlife.

In the end, what I’m hoping for is a church a little less full of itself, and a little more full of love. It wouldn’t take much, for love and grace and kindness have a way of multiplying. We can start with just a few bones of it, and watch it build into something so vast it boggles the mind — a divine extrapolation, if you will.

- Philip Gulley -

2 thoughts on “Quotes Worth Repeating – If The Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley

  1. To Ted Seeber:

    Yes and a family where the father kills his son; where the father/son’s representatives consistently over the centuries have castrated young men, sexually abuse both young males and females; says that women should be second in the hierarchy; where that father’s opinion is sacrosanct

    be in that church “family” if you want to – but just be aware of what you are telling people it is that constitutes your “family”

  2. We Catholics call this the Communion of Saints. Our older brother Christ, under the one Father God- Church isn’t a monarchy, it’s a family.

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