A great quote found here in one of the comments…Between Noon and Three

“If we are ever to enter fully into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, we are going to have to spend more time thinking about freedom than we do. The church, by and large, has had a poor record of encouraging freedom. She has spent so much time inculcating in us the fear of making mistakes that she has made us like ill-taught piano students; we play our songs, but we never really hear them, because our main concern is not to make music, but to avoid some flub that will get us in dutch…she made us care more about how we look than about who we are; made us act more like the subjects of a police state than fellow citizens of the saints.”

The quote goes on, and you can find the original in Capon’s Between Noon and Three.

I commented on the comment by saying…

…Some friends of mine have been considering going the route of the house church or simple church. I like the idea, but it scares me with the lack of job security. If everyone does the house church thing, what does that mean for us ministers? (But, that’s beside my point here.) What that quote says is basically the reasons they give for going that route. One friend has started a house church, but on Wednesday night. She still attends a church on Sunday. The other friend just resigned her position and is trying to discern God’s will for her. She leads a group of people, who won’t go to a normal service, on Monday nights at a coffee shop. She has done this for some time now.

My friend has felt the affect of what Capon is talking about here. She sees and feels this concern about how we look being more important than who we are or what our God-ordained mission is. Now, the question is what will we do about it? Any ideas?