Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm a spiritual consumer

I realized I have been a spiritual consumer recently.

We're now in Lenten season, and I have been thinking about Holy Week in particular. For the past few years my wife and I would visit a Presbyterian congregation for the Maundy Thursday service, an Episcopalian congregation for the Good Friday Tenebrae service (my favorite of the year), and stay home on Easter to avoid the vacant Christians.

I've been accused of this before by some "leaders;" I've been called a "church whore." I went to about seven different fellowships in a given month, and usually four or more any given week. I don't have the time for that anymore. But that was about fellowship with different communities of believers with different opinions and faculties.

Oh, but my Holy Week voyeurism is different altogether. I go there to enjoy the liturgy, not to participate in Christ's suffering. I am on Thursday and Friday what I avoid on Sunday.

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