Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's All Meaningless

"Ekklesia" is the Greek word used in the New Testament of the Christian Scriptures that we translate into English as "Church."

At the point I've lost 90% of the audience because I dared to use a Greek word, much less attempt to delve into its meaning, history, etymology, etc.

And this bothers me.  It should bother you, too.

You cannot uncover the truth in sound-bytes.  Especially highly edited, twisted-to-fit-whatever-the-editor-wants-them-to-mean, 10-second-or-less, sound-bytes.

Today I would like to make a post about the significance of the meaning of the word "Ekklesia" and the nature of "the Church."  I'd like to explore the roots of the words, the Old and New Testament uses, the development of "ekklesia" and "church" in the Christian history, and more.  I'd like to connect this with the book of Ecclesiastes and it's message and meaning (or lack thereof depending on how you look at it), the title of which shares the same root as "ekklesia" and can also be translated as "the preacher."

But I am not going to.  Because no one cares.  It's all meaningless, anyway. 

Which in fact could actually be precisely the point.  If you choose to dig deep and follow through to figure it out.  Which 99.9% are surely not going to do.  It's a shame, really.  But it is the new-old reality with which we are now directly faced.

In keeping with my purposes here, this is not a personal rant (thought it *is* deeply personal for me in many ways).  Rather it is a wake up call for all who may read it.

The truth is you don't really know what I am saying, and you don't really care, either.

And this bothers me.  It should bother you, too. 

phil

Q - Is it all meaningless?  Why or why not?  How do you preach, teach, or share the truth in a sound-byte world?  Or is it even possible to do so?  Are you bothered that people no longer care to know - and then *live* - what's true?  Are you bothered that you no longer care, either?  Finally...does this offend you?

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