I decided I needed one of those logo bugs for my site. You know, like “Friend of Emergent” or “Friend of Missional.” So here it is!
Actually, I’m a friend to all kinds of churches and all kinds of followers of Christ and seekers after God.
I’m even a friend to some folks who don’t want to have anything to do with the idea of God. Good folks. Good friends. Not Christians. Not seekers.
So I post this at the risk of looking like one of those people that my late uncle Gene Ellmore more than once described as those who “like to choose up sides and smell armpits.”
It’s not that I’m being exclusive.
It’s just that I wasn’t sure how many logo bugs I could fit on my site, and somehow it seemed like no one was creating one for good ol’ institutional church – like the one where I work and worship.
Institutional church ain’t better. It’s just different. Just like us Christians ain’t really any better than folks who ain’t Christians. We’re just better off, in the long view of life and blessings and relationship with God.
So here’s to good ol’ institutional church: You’ve got your own logo bug, now.
I think what my college roommate Steve Leavell said about our alma mater can be said about church, and just as flippantly:
“She’s a great institution. But who wants to live in an institution?”
Folks who are crazy about Christ, I guess.