I’ve been listening to the first solo CD by former Caedmon’s Call member Derek Webb, ‘She Must And Shall Go Free’. (I know it came out two years ago but I’m catching up.) It’s a concept album based on the theme of the Church as the Bride of Christ. The final track is called ‘The Church’ and the chorus pulled me up:
‘cause i haven’t come for only you
but for my people to pursue
you cannot care for me with no regard for her
if you love me you will love the church
It made me think of a number of my posts on the old blog: for example, How Stupid Is The Church Of England? or It’s All About Who, Jesus? I can be very caustic about the Christian Church. I often need the reminder that my criticisms must be for love of the Church, whom Webb describes in what old-fashioned people like me who remember vinyl LPs used to call the sleeve-notes as “both wretched and radiant”. Uncritical, no, but critical out of loyalty and love. And hopefully with three fingers pointing back at me, too.
Thanks Derek for the reminder.