fellowship of the modern-day believers

A sort of modern-day retelling…

The Fellowship of the Believers — Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves once a week to the attendance of services and maybe even Sunday school, and less often to big events like Friday night Christian coffee houses and “Trunk-or-Treat.”  Everyone was filled with a sense of duty and volunteerism — well most, some were filled with a desire to be passive members of an audience, though they called it “being fed.”  And many great feats of organization were accomplished by the pastors and leaders.  All the believers were together once a week and had a few things in common: the neighborhoods in which they lived, the cars they drove, and the schools their kids went to.  Selling their possessions and goods in garage sales, they made enough extra cash to go skiing in Crested Butte over Christmas break.  Every day they went about their own business and dealings, largely independent of other believers.  They did manage to occasionally type “hi” to one another on facebook, and to retweet any spiritual-sounding quotes they read from the ministers they follow.  They did this with glad and sincere hearts, praising technology and enjoying their vast communication networks.

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved?

You can read the actual text here.



Filed under modern-day retelling, woe to us

8 responses to “fellowship of the modern-day believers

  1. David Robinson

    that’s really funny but strikingly scary.

    p.s. hi

  2. randy morgan

    hilarious and painful simultaneously.

  3. you know, guys, i didn’t actually intend for this one to be funny. which is funny in itself, because sometimes i really try to be funny, and think i’ve succeeded. but i can’t recall even one time that anyone’s told me what i’d written was indeed funny. and now you both do on the same post. which i thought was serious… i should hang it up on this writing stuff.

    christie kind of admonished me earlier today, warning that she felt like this post might sound too judgmental and condemning. but i posted it anyway, trusting my readers know me well enough to know i’m just trying to tell the truth. i was just reading in acts and thinking of fellowship and partnership — and couldn’t help but think of what we attempt pass off as such today.

  4. It would be a bit humorous if it were not so true.

  5. David Robinson

    Parody can be funny even if the subject matter is harsh I suppose. It’s just such a sharp contrast. You’re parody makes our programs look so sheepish compared to the life change of the early followers of Jesus.

    This parody however wouldn’t make a Father laugh when he’s told us so dynamically time and time again how life should be lived.

  6. Christine

    Humour can be very constructive. I thought this was hilarious and it also really made me think. Can I get your permission to pass it along?

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