For many reasons I’ve been thinking about stones this week. No… not those guys.
This past Wednesday our family decided to take a day trip and hike to the top of Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain is the southern version of Mt. Rushmore. A cross between a natural phenomenon and a desire to remember (and some might rightfully accuse, to keep alive) the Civil War. On it’s face are carved the likenesses of three Confederate heroes: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.
Before we left I decided I should hang out with Jesus first so that I would have a better chance of doing my family right when I was hanging with them. I am currently working my way through a little book (as a lectionary of sorts) that has random passages of Scripture for each day. Wednesday’s Scripture just happened to be 1 Peter 2:9 which is actually a quote from an Old Testament prophecy in Isaiah 28 that says, ““I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.”
Paul even declares that Jesus is the Cornerstone of the Church. This is the thought that has kept me thinking for the last few days. At some level I am relatively certain that most if not all churches would say that they are in it for Jesus. But inclusion is not the role of a cornerstone. The cornerstone is not about building materials or content. The cornerstone is all about foundation and structure.
When I was first married I did some grunt work for a general contractor who was building new homes. He taught me that the purpose of the cornerstone was to line up all the other bricks. If the cornerstone was right (in terms of its position), you could be sure that the rest of the structure was straight.
This is the kind of church I want to build. A church that not only claims Jesus but one that lines up all of its practices to the reality of Jesus. I pray that Process Church will ask hard questions about what we do (and don’t do) because we believe that Jesus must be our Cornerstone.