Last night before I went to bed I was searching through the stories of the day on my USA Today app. One of the only stories that caught my eye was entitled “Carrie Underwood Goes To Bat For Gay Marriage”. Its a short article you can find here and talks about Underwoods support for gay marriage despite her upbringing in a Baptist church. At one point in the article Underwood is quoted as saying that,
“Our church is gay friendly…above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”
There are difference that Carrie and I have on gay marriage (you can go here if you care to read them), but I find that something else interesting comes out in this article. Underwood, as well as myself and many others, many times get community and church mixed up. One of the big buzzwords in the church right now is the word “community” and what that means.
Its not a bad thing for example to hang out and just spend time with one another, that is being a community. However if we blur the lines so much that we are all about being a “community of believers” and begin to look less like the “body of Christ” we do have a problem.
I think one of the errors that Underwood is believing, and that we are all prone to believe, is that a community is an alright substitute for church. Its a far to easy transition to miss and can happen so fast that those in leadership as well as the believers within the church overlook because of all the “growth” that is happening. Let us never mistake growth for health or perceived unity for real unity. Its a great thing when people come together and the church grows. Its an amazing when you see everyone, from all types of backgrounds, attending the same church. However we must be careful not to overlook sin in order to achieve those goals. There is a big difference between a social club and a church.