Titling at Windmills

The Windmills of La Mancha

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46 & 47

One of my favourite characters in literature is Don Quixote. With a sense of honour and justice he sallies forth to defend the honour of his lady Ducinea. The truth is that he attacks windmills thinking that they are the enemy and gets gets involved in all sorts of preposterous behaviour, assuming that he is doing good. Even Dulcinea is a figment of his fervent imagination. Faithful Pancho supports his master but knows the truth.

When I explore the idea of “church’ I get a sense that I am like the deluded Don tilting at windmills and passionate about something that doesn’t really exist. Reading Acts, imperfect as the church was, they still had something special. There was a community living in excited expectation, sharing and supporting each other.

What is there in our Western C21st culture that blinkers us to the enormous potential of the church? What binds us? Is it our wealth and materialism or our lack of faith? Or is it the fact that we have been “doing it this way” for so long we fail to see the possibilities?

In the last two years I have been to many churches and I have seen wonderful things: programmes, passion, solid preaching, functional buildings and friendly people. Yet I still sense that somehow we are missing the point.

Am I the only one? Are Don Quixote and I closer than I think?

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4 thoughts on “Titling at Windmills

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you Pieter! I have had an angst for a few years now. I am really being blessed and challenged by a book by Larry Crabb called “Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be.” It was originally published under the title – “The Safest Place on Earth” and is a great exploration of what Spirit-led, life-giving community can be. It has definitely sparked a renewal in me not to “build a better mouse trap” but to discover authentic fellowship with others who long for something more than the same-old-same-old. Thanks!

    • Thanks for that Rick. I have read a lot about the reasons for the decline of the church – but it is hard to get a picture that resembles what we find in Acts. I will pursue the Crabb book.

    • I down loaded the Crabb book last night and started reading. My heart warmed immediately. His concerns resonate with mine. I’ll say more when I have read it thoroughly.

      • So glad to hear that Pieer! Look forward to hearing more once you’ve had the chance to get further into it!

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