Jesus. There's just something about that name. He does something to us....marvelously so.
As many of you, I have experienced pivotal points in my walk with him. But I doubt I have yet to encounter the deep end of the faith/doctrine pool. So far, at age 63, I remain in the wading pool where I am still able to breathe safely and still talk the talk while I'm all wet.
There is this consistent feeling within the church in general that the conservatives need to loosen up and be a bit more liberal. In the meantime the liberals, it is thought, should tighten up and become a wiser bit more conservative. I believe both are mistaken.
God's Truth truly is the answer and it will unravel both us Libs and us Conservs. When Jesus strikes the heart of the church, wonderful and productive ruination (as in Isaiah 6:1-6) pulverizes our once-proud stances and images. At this point Jesus finally has a role in building his true church instead of man building a religious organization....which is really man's concepts brushed with strong religious overtones.
What Jesus does to the Church of Christ is twist our arms up behind our backs until we say Uncle. He will not let up. Haven't you read the Gospels? Not one self-assumed and proud-of-his-stance leader of a religious group escaped the pulverizing slaying of Jesus' stinging rebuke. Jesus' might was in his words and he used them to break down one barrier after another that would keep any from knowing God.
He is still at work today. The Ls (libs) can abuse the Cs while the Cs condemn the Ls. If Jesus isn't our focus, blindness is our dis-ease. Our chatter is never-ending. Until we run into Jesus instead of our sub-doctrines, we have not yet reached the deep end of the faith/doctrine pool. But....we keep wading....and talking....without realizing we are all wet.
What Jesus does to the Church of Christ is move us from our image to his. At this point the rocks of criticism are released from our tense hands. Anger, as well as suspicion, subsides. Our heads become bowed. Our minds finally open to His call for Divine relationship. Fear breaks down as compassion and love build. And then we become servants to honor the Father in great gratitude.
That's what Jesus does to the church.