Stepping Away

man-and-woman-hands

Too often steeped in sinecure

Church leaders seek control, immure.

To follow seems too high a price;

I drift away to walk with Christ.

 

Pastor speaks words; are they a lure

For his agenda unobscured

By exhortation and advice?

I drift away to walk with Christ.

 

As my church head makes strong adjures

For generosity, assures

It’s not for church (his nay device)

I drift away to walk with Christ

 

Infrequently heard: God’s grandeur,

Provision, grace, mercy assured.

More expansion, to be precise.

I drift away to walk with Christ.

 

I am the church, I feel secure,

The Spirit leads me to mature

In knowing God, His sacrifice;

I step away and walk with Christ.

36 comments

  1. […] intertwine with each other. So this week two post by susanirenefox.com share post of the week. Stepping Away and This Is My Church  They blessed me I pray they bless […]

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  2. This is It! So awesome this definitely fits with your my church post! I Love this!!!!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Our church, brother, our church. 😀

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  3. The church depends a great deal on the pastor. Some are inspiring, others not so much. I like the church within as in your post today.

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    1. I’m convinced more and more the church within is the one Jesus wanted us to carry forward. Thanks, Beth.

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  4. Interesting! I’ve not come across a commentary of a poem like this, Susan, and I take to it. Great message and rhyme (no small feat here), and I love the beat of your conviction in the line you repeat.

    Love,
    me

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    1. I was surprised; I think I struck a chord with many. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, D.

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  5. Thank you, Susan. So many of our journeys have been made more difficult by the “church” organized religion. But my life is so enriched by the church–the Body–the people who truly love Him and seek to love others. Not the politics or the games. And I’ve been caught in them in the past and hurt by them and hurt others. But you’re right, we have to turn away to walk with Christ.

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    1. Yes, Paula, it’s the church-the-Body that Jesus taught to love, to welcome with open arms, to accept, to reflect his light, to go deeper with each other in relationship, to bring the gospel alive.

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  6. Very nicely done. I can surely relate. I have more than once thought to myself as I sat in “big door” church that the “service” was interfering with my worship. I do feel that the smaller gatherings of two or three are just as important as “structured gatherings.” NIce to read that I’m not the only one.

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    1. No, you’re not at all the only one, Lilka. I think there’s a groundswell afoot, and I pray the “big door” churches are paying attention.

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  7. Susan, it is inspiring to read your post and all the comments. I remember telling my dad at a young age that the church was the people not the building, not the organization and not the man made rules. I have a desire to speak about and bring awareness to the issue of the man made church denominational rules that gives the unbeliever a bad understanding of Christianity. Generally makes them run the other direction. Your church or mine is an important part of our lives and should be. To gather together as a church (a gathering of people) is what Jesus has taught us. To love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself is what He taught us. To make up special rules he did not. To intimidate he did not. To show love he did. Great post! Thanks.

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    1. Amen, Bill. I appreciate your comment added to all these. THIS is church. This is what I am stepping into. I think I recommended this to someone else, but a great book to read is Finding Church, by Wayne Jacobsen – just came out last month. You’re absolutely right about what Jesus taught us, and the way he taught us to gather together.

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      1. Thanks for the return comments and book recomendation. I look forward to reading it. Keep on keeping on and may God bless you and guide you always.

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      2. Thanks, Bill; I return the prayer.

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  8. “I am the church” is so easily forgotten by Believers sometimes. A lovely poem. xo

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    1. We are, Dale. I think we get lazy and rely on spoonfed messages that may or may not be the gospel. We have to get back to those red words in the Bible and read them for ourselves.

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  9. I could not have said it better. If I leave church with my head full of the speaker instead of Jesus, something is not right.

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      1. And I have to say that it seems to becoming more prevalent.

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      2. Yep. That’s why the slow drift away, Susan.

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      3. It’s probably a cycle that occurs on a regular basis.

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  10. Susan, I wrote this in a very mellow frame of mind, then read it back and the tone of “I know better” seems to easily frame the context. Please read this as though three parts asleep and very chilled – without any point being made or criticism being levelled.. Thank you.

    “Been struggling with and praying about this for several months. One foot in, one foot out. So close to letting go and breaking free completely.” (part of your comment to Wendy)

    I am coming to the conclusion that we cannot let go and break free. Church is everywhere we are when we look and find Him to together. Like here. Like in an email. Like over a meal. Like in a song. A shared picture. A shared touch. A shared anything of Him and with Him.

    What we have to break free from is seeing church only as that place behind the big doors (and all of us should take responsibility for thinking that). Because when I go to Starbucks, I expect the barista to do good coffee. When I go to a restaurant I expect … So why does it flummox us that we see church behind the big doors as the only church there is – but expect that the “minister barista waiter” has the answers for everything?

    One foot in? Both feet in. Or else we put on/take off being a part of the Body of Christ. And that is not the “minister barista waiter”‘s choice. That is ours.

    And my take? Church is every day in a range of styles. When the big doors call I go – but that does not dictate whether I am part of the Body of Christ that week. Big deal? Not unless we prefer to be guilt tripped – which would be … our choice?

    (still chilled? 🙂 )

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    1. Oh, I completely agree with you, Paul, and take your comment in the frame you wrote it. I “one foot out” was solely about the “big-door church,” not the every day, coffee shop, in my home, on a walk, discussion God with my friends church. It’s the big-door, being-spoken-at church I am drifting away from, and the one about which I wrote the poem.

      I am in little door church every day – with my neighbors, with you, with sweet Jesus – and would never, ever, walk away from that. 🙂

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  11. There are many things wrong with the organised church, since it is a body of imperfect people. My feeling is that any meeting/fellowship with other believers is the place where the “rubber” of our Christianity meets the road. I think that’s why we are exhorted not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. We need that “iron sharpens iron” dynamic of face to face (in your face?) contact. It brings out the worst in us, and ultimately, if allowed, grows the best in us. Just my thoughts, for what they are worth….. ❤

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    1. I appreciate your comment, Ann. I think the assembling of ourselves doesn’t need to be in a church building, but in our homes, at a restaurant, on a walk out in nature, or even right here as we’re doing now. I wouldn’t ever forsake that. I fully agree it’s these relationships that help us mature in Christ.

      Thank you. ❤

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  12. This post was so encouraging to me today. The second stanza especially. Thank you so much for writing these resonating words. They have built up my heart. 🙂

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    1. So glad. I think many of us feel this way but are hesitant to say it out in the open. Lifting up a prayer for you tonight.

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  13. Susan, this really speaks to my heart today. God’s holy temple is not a building. It’s his people.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. Been struggling with and praying about this for several months. One foot in, one foot out. So close to letting go and breaking free completely.

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      1. C.S. Lewis said it’s better to be in one of the classrooms than in the hallway. Take your time deciding. God has plans to bless you. I can relate.

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  14. This would make a beautiful worship song!

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    1. Wow, thank you, Jane.

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  15. This goes along well with my post today.

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    1. It does, Levi. I noticed that as soon as I read it. Hmmm. Great minds… 😉 and the Holy Spirit. 😀

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