My Frustrations with the Modern Church in America

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.

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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    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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

18 thoughts on “My Frustrations with the Modern Church in America

  1. I appreciate this one Chris. I must admit when I saw the title I was concerned about what I would find and that it would make me mad. So many write posts critical of the local church as if it is not a valid institution anymore. But you cleared this up here.

    “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”

    Great post, Chris.

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    1. Thanks wally. I love the church. God has called me to work at the church. My heart and soul clings to the church not just as an institution but as a healthy growing body of believers. Just like our bodies sometimes get unhealthy and we have to evaluate our life, the church needs to do the same. If my body is unhealthy, I don’t think get rid of the body, I think “adjust what you are doing”. That’s how I feel about the church at large in America and obviously not every christian and every church in america has these problems. These are just ones I have observed repeatedly over the years with many different churches and many different christians.

      Many that was a long winded response. Sorry about that. 😉

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      1. Well, it’s your blog, so technically you can write pages if you want to! Seriously though, I don’t think too many words can be said about this. The movement to declare the churches null an void is quite outspoken, those who believe what Jesus taught us need to be as well!

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      2. Completely agree. It’s turned into for many people a throw the baby out with the bath water type scenario which isn’t helpful or productive or biblical.

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  2. If you can, fix my blockquote…not enough coffee yet!

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  3. Reblogged this on Brandon J. Adams and commented:
    I pretty much agree with everything in here. Graciously written to boot.

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    1. Thanks for the share Brandon. Appreciate it.

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  4. I was led here from Brandon Adams’ blog this morning. I couldn’t simply read and leave, however, but wanted to stop and applaud your message here. We need more Christians who aren’t afraid to stand up and say that we are not OF this world, but rather IN it, as Ambassadors. It isn’t a matter of being some great Christian on Sundays and Wednesdays and then getting back to the “grind” on the other days. Awesome post! I’ll be sharing! Thank you, sir, so much, for sharing your heart today!

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    1. Exactly. You summed up my heart perfectly in a short paragraph. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Thanks for your thoughts today, brother

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    1. As always thank you for stopping by Heidi. Hope you have a great one.

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  6. Where I attend worship service, the power of God moves like I haven’t seen in years. It is marvelous, but…
    signs, wonders and miracles cannot follow because believers are too busy speaking against one another. They are not tender hearted toward one another, or those who are struggling to follow Jesus. They pray during prayer time, yet on the way to church they bite and devour one another. They know the Word of God, yet the Word of God is not apparently deep within their heart. Woe is me! For I am a woman of unclean lips! Why do I weep when I enter the house of the Lord? I fear that He will strike me dead! I am no better than anybody else! My friend, I am a sinner that has been saved by His grace, and I have been washed in the blood of the Lamb of God! I am not kidding! You are right! The church of America needs a great Awakening! We need another Smith Wigglesworth to shake us to our foundation! We need God to wake us up from the deep spiritual coma that we are in! If we don’t, we can talk about the Rapture all we want, but if we don’t wake up from the deep spiritual coma, we won’t hear the last trump sound! The sinner is being saved, and they will make it because of the love and mercy of God. The church?…

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  7. Delighted to have found (through Brandon) and now will follow your blog… although I must say, I do a lot of listening to my Christian Democrat friends and all my brothers and sisters in Christ. 🙂 But then, I tend to listen a lot…It’s just my way. A lot of people say I’m like my mom in that. Even so, I bet there are others who listen as well. 🙂 I look forward to reading your next and follow-up post. This one was great!

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    1. Thank you for checking out this post. Listening is so key. We don’t always have to agree but listening is the best starting point to getting anywhere. Thanks for being a good listener. The world needs more people like you.

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  8. I agree with everything here, except that anger is a sin. We are told not to sin in our anger.

    If I were to add unchecked sins, it would be gluttony, pride, and greed.

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