What can the game of Jenga teach us about the church?

Jenga and the church

I recently was teaching our faith elective at First Christian Day Services. We were in a series of lessons learning about what faith is and what we believe in. It was week 3 and our focus was on the Bible. The main point of the lesson was that we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is entirely true. In order to help my friends understand that you cannot pick and choose what Scriptures you want to believe in we played the game of Jenga. You see sometimes as Christian we treat the Bible like that. Yes it is a book of truths, but some of those truths make me feel uncomfortable, so I try to delete them. No I don’t literally erase them or tear them out from the pages of my Bible, but I ignore them. Imagine the Bible like a stack of Jenga blocks. When all the pieces are there it represents the whole truth. No imagine as you are pulling out the blocks, ever so carefully, you are removing those Scriptures that either you don’t agree with or that just make you uncomfortable. Scriptures like God being wrathful, or stories about good people suffering, or about homosexuality, or about the love of money, or about gluttony, or you fill in the ______. What will eventually happen?

Exactly! The whole tower will come tumbling down. You cannot pick and choose what Scriptures you are comfortable with. You have to accept them as all true.

After teaching this illustration I thought of something else that applies. I thought about the church. Often times the church gets selective about what Scriptures and what mandates they are going to be passionate about and what ones they will ignore. Consider Luke 14 for a moment. In Luke 14 we find a direct command from the lips of Jesus to the church leadership of his day about the church and its responsibility when it comes to Disability Ministry. They simply didn’t get it or they didn’t want to… How often is the church of today no different than the church of Jesus’ day 2,000 years ago? Being a Church Consultant for Key Ministry I get the privilege of talking to many different churches. You might be surprised how often I hear church leadership say, “We aren’t ready for that,” when referring to offering some form of Disability Ministry.

We, the church, cannot afford to selectively pick what commands from God we are going to obey.