“I don’t need church” she says. “I know God’s with me.”
“We’re doing our own thing” he says. “Taking a break.”
And I wonder…
Which is our truest need: community or control?
What is our basest instinct: relationship or rebellion?
Who is our true God: Other or Self?
What is Church: community or commodity?
Why commit to those with different needs and interests: to give or to take?
“I do not necessarily have the final answer, the clearest understanding. I have to be ready to listen to the words, directions, insights of the one who is the voice of Christ for me. To resist those who can bring that help and guidance in my life (parents, teachers, Church) is, in Joan Chittister’s words, ‘a dangerous excursion into arrogance and a denial of the very relationships that are the stuff of which our sanctity is made.'” – Ester de Waal, A Life-giving Way