Having handed in my thesis, I’m finally on holiday. Finally I get to do what I want, without the nagging feeling that there is one particular thing I should be busy with 24/7. With this new-found freedom, I’m heading back to Shofar today. The last time I went to Shofar was back in 2004. I wonder how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. For those not local to Stellenbosch, Shofar is often described as a pentecostal church, and many members seem proud to tote the “fundamentalist” label. Heh, labels. Whatever.
I looked at a poster yesterday. It seems they now typically have four sermons, in two pairs. Each pair repeats the sermon in Afrikaans and in English, so the idea is that the committed can go to church twice each Sunday. They usually use the largest hall available on campus (they are registered as a university society). Right now, it is holiday. Until 20 January, they have only two services, one at 09h00 and one at 18h00. These services are held at High School Stellenbosch.
There is a lifestyle choice that many diverse people strive towards: the ideal of following Jesus’ example. It does seem that there is some diversity with regards to what this means exactly. Personally, I’m convinced one can learn about ideal lifestyles from just about any source. Currently, I think attending Shofar again could be a brilliant source for learning more about what it really means to follow Jesus…
Why did I stop attending in 2004? Well, I had a lot of baggage to deal with. Your baggage always has a huge influence on how you perceive any interaction with anything. I believe my baggage made it hard to see Truth, and caused me to focus more on flaws, and here’s the thing: every church has flaws. In fact, if we start looking for flaws, we find that just about everything, everywhere has flaws. This is a flawed universe. It is only perfect in its imperfection… ordered in its chaos. Either way, it feels I have considerably less baggage now. I’m hoping that would help me keep my eyes open for Truth. I hope to share what I learn on this blog.
I’m a thinker. I think and I ask questions. I believe our minds are a great gift, a gift that should be cherished. As such, I will not refrain from asking honest and inquisitive questions, especially when there is something I do not understand. May the discussions in this category of my blog bear wonderful fruit.