Christian-author-turned-motivational-speaker Donald Miller recently caused a minor firestorm on the internets by writing on his blog that he rarely goes to church and doesn’t get much out of it (and sorta clarified his statement in a follow-up post). This sort of heresy, of course, can simply not be tolerated, and therefore every Christian with a blog and/or Twitter handle is obligated to chime in with his or her opinion on the matter (including me, I suppose).
Initially, I was going to title this blog post, “Why Donald Miller is wrong about church”, but the thing is, I don’t think he is. At least not entirely. Actually, he makes some rather interesting and thought-provoking points, not all of which I agree with, but that’s OK. Christians will never fully agree with each other on everything. Instead of proving who’s right and who’s wrong in this debate, I think the more important thing is that it raises the question of what the role of the church should be (or more correctly, what our role should be in relation to the church). So that’s what I’m focusing on here.
OK, now that everybody’s caught up, let’s get started.