I have been thinking a lot lately about the idea of Restoration Theology. What do you think? I’m curious, how many folks out there who read this blog are from a Restoration Heritage – Churches of Christ, Christian Churches, Disciples of Christ – or other non-denominational fellowships springing from that heritage. AND, most especially, if you are a believer and are NOT from that heritage, I would love to know what you think about the idea of “restoration.” I’d love your thoughts on that question, or the following: B) What do you think of Thomas Campbell’s statement, “Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.” C) How would the true disciple minister the poor of this world? Is this only for the church? for the individual believer? both? This is the first of my attempts to open discussion on my blog, rather than one-way monologuing… yes, boring after a while.
For the sake of argument, I will define Restoration Theology in this way: The effort to “restore” the ideals of early Christianity. The desire to practice – in the modern day – the same selfless, evangelistic, Spirit-led, dynamic worship and daily walk as the early Christians demonstrated in kind. The desire to leave all sectarianism, all denominational thinking, and yet through the lenses of our warped history, to put into practice the same type obedience to Jesus, and discipleship as the early disciples demonstrated. Although not perfect, the early saints were closest in chronology to the ministry of Christ; in addition, restoration theology may be defined as a desire to “go back to the Bible” for all one says and does in the Christian faith.
What do you think the church of Jesus Christ would look like today? Buildings? Cathedrals? Foot-washing? Alms-giving to poor? Televangelism? An industry? An attitude? Feel free to leave comments below; please be nice to all, but be candid. I am not an anti-traditionalist. I believe in every sect of the Christian faith there are remnants of what was… but what should it be? (you’ll make this more fun if you play along, and speak your heart!) Based on the history recorded in the Old OR New Testaments, (Acts, Jeremiah, the Epistles of Paul, Ezekiel, etc.) what would the ideal church look like today?