As Easter nears, I see my Instagram and Twitter feed being flooded with the mourning of not having church ‘as normal’ during the pandemic. Not that people are complaining about the fact that we have to adapt, but in ‘Christian’ culture, Easter and Christmas are prime times to evangelise and ‘trap’ those who never or rarely go to church. (I’m not hiding the facts here)
Easter season aside, I’ve also been challenging people and myself with the question of why we need to do church a certain way. What is good liturgy? Why do we need liturgy? Why do we need to put so much money into production and stage management when a church has no street ministry? Should there be smaller groups in a large church, and how small is small when it comes to a large church – 10 people or 50 people? And my questions don’t stop there.
But at the core of all my questions is this question:
What if the gospel is enough?
The real miracle of Christianity is not relevant churches, kickbutt sermons, the best small group leaders, or the most down-to-earth and efficient ministries.
The real miracle of Christianity is JESUS. The all-caps is for emphasis.
And if Jesus is not enough as the reason for the season, perhaps we need to rethink what our Christianity is about. I love all the embellishments of Easter and Christmas, and the fact that this is the time to celebrate and go all out.
But on our day-to-day lives, how often do we simply live out the gospel? How often do we live as if we have been transformed? Do we need smoke machines and perfect graphic design to showcase our transformed lives?
So, I ask us, and myself, again: What if the gospel is enough?
Enough to transform families, from blood relatives to bonded by the blood of Jesus. Enough to transform neighbourhoods, from physical doors apart to people willing to go out of their way to help each other. Enough to transform cities, from isolation to interconnectivity. Enough to transform nations, from confusion and deterioration to a new renaissance, a new era of justice and innovation.