A Spiritual Hospital

I started poking around Beliefnet’s Orthodoxy section and came across this q&a on homosexuals in the church. My favorite part:

As you consider the welcome prospect of membership in the Orthodox Church, the critical question is whether you are willing to take the church on its own terms, in light of its own mission, or only on your own terms. Think about why you are “powerfully drawn” to the Orthodox Church. Is it perhaps its antiquity, colorful worship, or historical character? Are you, as well, willing to be challenged by its witness in its entirety, including its doctrine, ethical teaching, and spirituality?

Too often, when we try to approach God, we want to do it on our own terms. I do this all the time. “OK, God, I want to be in the church, but then I’m gonna hold onto this and that, and, oh yeah, that there.” When I do that, I’m missing the point. Church isn’t just a place to go to enjoy incense and icons, it is a spiritual hospital where I can be healed. In fact, if I am honest with myself, it is this hospital that I need. My spiritual languor is overwhelming and I long to be back in the spiritual ardour that I felt when reading The Spiritual Life.

One thought on “A Spiritual Hospital”

  1. on my own terms is a lot easier, but then God becomes god, an idol made in my own image rather than God who created man in His image.
    I hear a lot at work from non-believers who scoff at the disciplines of the church as exhibited inthe Q&A about homosexuality. We want a god who will let us live in sin while we spout our spirituality without accountability in many areas from unseen sins of pride, coveting, unwillingness to walk in obedience, and to follow through on commitments.
    Even this a.m. as I was challenged by God to re-consider … an action. My initial reaction was “No I want to do that. I don’t want to do what you say, God.” No big deal, instead of eating this excess food … I was to pray for … personally I would prefer to eat more than I need, but I did begrudgingly pray for…. maybe God can even use the power of a reluctant prayer.

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