Shutting Up the Divine

“The Divine does not like to be shut up in a building. The Divine likes to be out in the open.” – Morihei Ueshiba

This quote is from the founder of Aikido, a non-resistant martial arts form that teaches redirection rather than self-defense, wearing an opponent down instead of injuring them.

Morihei also believed that the Divine, the God of Peace, lives in each and every one of us and that each of us is a temple, a shrine, for the Divine and we are to train to reflect the Divine in this world.

Sound familiar?

“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

However, one of the biggest faults that Morihei felt was being committed by religious institutions of his day was shutting up the Divine in a building.

This is a serious fault in our churches today.

Think about it: we spend billions of dollars in American churches building bigger facilities, getting better equipment, buying more comfortable chairs, hiring the best worship leaders with the best instruments, creating more programs for children and young adults and singles and newlyweds and empty nesters…

In essence, we spend all the money we give to the church keeping people in the church.

This is not the call of Christ.

We all should be familiar with what has been deemed the Great Commission:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus commands us to go out and preach the Gospel, not sit in a building and hope they come to us.

Now, I’m not condemning the church building or the gathering of believers. Rather, I am saying that we need to be spending more money toward equipping believers to share the Gospel and spread the news about Jesus.

I honestly believe that if a church is not following the Great Commission in their lives, God will find someone else to do it.

So, don’t shut up the Divine in your church building. Let Him out. Preach Him. Make Him known.

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