I think that we (the body of Christ in the western world) are really rubbish at being family. We don’t tell it like it really is. (Usually so that we don’t offend anyone!)
We are not honest with one another. We don’t ask difficult questions, unless we don’t know it’s a difficult question. We definitely don’t confess our sins either. (Fear that we will no longer be taken seriously.)
“How are you and the family?” is an essay question.
The answer we should come up with should start “How long have you got?”
Our usual answer is “We’re fine.”
I have concerns about prosperity theology, contemplative spirituality and other things we have discussed on Signposts. But I think we are not qualified to really go for these things unless we deal with the fundamental question “How do we AGAPE one another in Spirit and in Truth?”
Are we comfortable to share our real issues with our local church family (whatever form that gathering takes), without the fear of being judged? Are we in fact judged if we do so – or does it depend upon where the issue lies?
How should we prioritise our giving of money, time and effort – when faced with a church vision to build for example, meetings to run, or people in desperate need?
What did Jesus say about this?
What does the expression of family look like in a church? Is this what we are called to be? If so, how do we encourage this expression in our midst? How is it distinguishable from the expression of the church group as an organisation?
I have a lot of thoughts on this personally, but will share them in the thread that follows. For a start, I will add the remainder of Bull’s previous comment below here, to get the ball rolling with some actual examples.