1/25/12

If Jesus did not intend to create an institution

Where does this leave our understanding
of the congeries of institutions and endowments and pension funds
and buildings and boards and outfitting companies
and organ builders and pew and steeple experts
and so on and so forth?
This is what people built in full confidence they were doing God's work.
Well folk like Veblen
jaundiced as they were
looked in from outside and saw
What Reinhold Niebuhr saw from within - triviality
his term not mine
He saw an acculturated ecclesiastical enterprise
Far far from Jesus' understanding.


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