Tuesday, April 15, 2008

For all of you critics of "Organized" Religion

I read an interesting post from Seth Godin about "What happens when we organize?" Here's what he said:
Most power occurs because one side is better organized than the other. Labor is usually less well organized than management, criminals are usually less well organized than the police and customers are always less well organized than producers.

The internet promises to change that. It does it occasionally, sort of randomly. Sometimes, users will rise up and complain (as they did at Facebook). Or voters will organize online and hurt (or help) a politician or candidate.

Wikipedia works because so many contributors figured out how to self-organize into a group that produced something far more useful than a traditionally organized document.

I think we're at the earliest possible beginning of the changes we're going to see because of this sort of grass roots coordination.

Simple example: the Starbucks in Larchmont, NY keeps their thermostat at 64 degrees. And the stores in Breckenridge, Colorado keep their doors wide open all winter. If you're raging mad about energy waste, you could say something. And nothing would happen. But if customers organized and ten people said something or a hundred people said something... boom, new rules.

The system doesn't know what to do with a movement.

A lot of people say they don't like "organized" religion. Many will do everything they can to keep religion from organizing. The root is that they don't want an authority to tell them what to believe and what to do. What would happen if we didn't have organized Government? Wait, maybe we don't. What would happen if a company wasn't organized? Would people want unorganized religion? Isn't that where the religious "nut jobs" come from?

If some thing isn't organized, the more likely a nut job will rule the roost. In many cases, Churches aren't as organized as they should be because people today have an authority issue. They don't like any organized entity to tell them what they should do. That only happens when people are focused on the same goal. In the church, that should be worshiping Jesus and making his kingdom real on this earth. Often though, it is on something else that is contrary to the leader's (Christ's focus) and that prevents us from truly organizing.

I don't do this well. What are you doing to keep the church from organizing in a way to take the world by storm?

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