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PEW FAITH AND STREET FAITH
Then they worshiped him
and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
And they stayed continually at the temple,
Luke 24:52-53 (read 24.44-53) - NIV
Luke is the only Bible writer who mentions the descent
of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. No other writer shows any knowledge of it. All
of the mystique that has been built around Pentecost is based wholly on the
account of the writer of the Gospel of Luke and on Acts of the Apostles.
According to Luke the coming of the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost was the power that took the followers of Jesus out of the temple and
projected them into the world. In this way it traces a line of continuity,
making a link between Judaism and Christianity, between Israel and all nations.
Jesus did not come for the Jews only, but through his followers his message was
intended to reach the entire world.
For God, there are no privileged elites. But for this
message to be transmitted it was necessary to "power up". Up until
the outpouring of the Spirit the faith of the disciples was "pew faith."
They were in the temple praising God. Faith without power is limited to praise
in the pews of houses of worship.
According to Luke the power to bear witness to the new
message to the larger world came with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost. After that the followers of Jesus were expelled from the temple and
scattered around the world. Their field of action became the world. The purpose
of the Spirit was to get them out of the pews, not keep them sitting there.
For the first three centuries the followers of Jesus
had little or no political power and were scattered, blending in with the
population. But with the legalization of Christianity the church began to build
temples and separate itself from society. Little by little, the Christian
temples became centers of spirituality. “Pew praise” became an important
manifestation of the Christian faith.
The church came to evaluate itself by the grandeur of its
temples and houses of worship and the number of followers it could bring
together for worship. The world came to be seen as enemy territory from which
Christians must isolate themselves. The goal became to save the sinful world by
bringing it in to sit in the pews. Spirituality became centered in the temple.
Most of the tithes and offerings were (and are) used to maintain the temple
with its ecclesiastical structure. Throughout history, instead of penetrating
the nations, Christianity replaced the synagogue with the cathedral.
Pentecost was supposed to lead Christians to live
their faith for the sake of the world, not the church. The gospel should not be
limited to religious and moral practices. It should involve full participation
in "secular" life. The word "repent" means to change
direction and follow new paths of daily living. The Gospel should inspire the
practice of compassion and social justice in all aspects of daily life. The
good news of the gospel is that forgiveness (grace) gives power to live
according to what Jesus practiced and taught. Christians are called to live
“Street Faith”, not “Pew Faith”. Pew faith is exclusive and legalistic, but “Street
Faith” is inclusive and unconditionally reaches out to embrace the needy.
Luke 24:44-53 – New International Version (NIV)
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:
Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the
Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He
told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the
dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be
preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses
of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay
in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
The Ascension of Jesus
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his
hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken
up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great
joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.