The local churches value is measured not by a momentary blip in history, but by its’ infinitely relentless pursuit to lead people to the feet of Jesus. I love the local church and believe it has been, currently is, and will always be the hope of the world. It’s the bride of Christ
Despite my love for the church and my compassion for those involved, the church, primarily in america, needs an awakening. It needs to be called out on some of it’s current sins like the prophets of old did for Israel.
Don’t be disheartened. Later this week, I will address what the church in America is getting right (7 Reasons Why I Love the Local Church), but today is a calling out.
The Church would rather speak than listen.
James 1:27 says be quick listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. The modern narrative of many church members appears like they have become quick to become angry, quicker to speak, and rarely listen. This is not all, but a vast majority.
You don’t believe me? Try having a black Christian man try to describe his cultural pain to white a Christian man. Let a Christian democrat explain their views to a Christian republican. Even still give an evangelical a voice to explain why they feel marginalized in our society.
Any one of those scenarios is met with a 1,000 reasons at to why his or her pain is invalidated or not true. Regardless of the validity should we not be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry?
The Church would rather give to the poor than have the poor among them.
Our churches prefer to look pretty on the outside filled to brim with people on the inside dressed nicely, smiles all around, and everyone generally looking the same. We give to the poor, as we should. Churches are generous on a level that no other organizations are.
But we would rather give to the poor than have the poor among us. Which from just a quick glance appears to be the opposite of Jesus’ approach. He touched the leopard, let the prostitute wash his feet, and praised the widow who gave a penny to the temple.
Let the church no longer be white washed tombs, but rather men and women who love the poor, down trodden, and marginalized like Jesus did.
The Church cares more about earthly kingdoms than the Heavenly Kingdom.
I wrote a tweet which went as viral as anything I’ve ever written. It said this.
When President Obama was in office he was the antiChrist. With President Trump in office he is either the savior or satan depending upon which Christian’s opinion you receive. Regardless my larger point is, while we are blessed to live in a democratic republic where our voice can be heard, this world is not our home. America is not our primary kingdom of concern.
Spreading His kingdom and making His name famous functions as the utmost priority. That should happen regardless who is in power. That’s the reason why the church in China is exploding despite facing extreme persecution at times. They are worried about the right kingdom. Yet in America we seem to be like Israel wanting Saul rather than God.
The Church would rather flirt with sin than fall in love with Jesus.
Like many of the churches Paul dealt with, Christians have taken their freedom in Christ as a license to do whatever they want. Followers of Jesus would rather flirt with sin than fall in love Jesus. Not knowing that their mistresses of sin are slowly eroding their relationship with God.
With porn on the rise, sex being the highest pinnacle of love, and sins like anger and gossip neglected as just part of life, we are drifting farther and farther from the holy and abundant life God beckons us toward. God’s will and plan for our lives becomes a distant memory fading like the shore as a boat sails off into the horizon.
Let us as the church pursue justice and righteousness and holiness, leaving behind the former life, and walking into the marvelous joys of a faithful relationship with Jesus.
If Jesus showed up at your church or in your life, would He think, “Yes! This is what I had in mind when I said the gates of hell can not stand against my church.” If your answer to that is no, then it’s time for a change.