To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Corinthians 2:14

Did you know that "sith" and "jedi" are accepted words in online scrabble but "christ" isn't?


Our world just doesn't make sense does it? We can blame the unbelievers...the ones who can't or won't accept that what we believe is True is indeed true. We can chalk it up to the fallen heart of man and his rebellion against God.
But how much of it is our own fault? How many reasons are we giving them to mock and ridicule the Church...us...and Christ?

We argue for the Ten Commandments but we can't name them.

We engage in the battle to keep God in the public schools when we should be declaring that they cannot keep Him out. God is everywhere whether they wish to acknowledge it or not.

We spend $250,000 on a hologram image of a preacher so that people can experience the pastor's presence without him actually being, well...present. Go on and click on the link...and read about how that church views the Church as nothing more than a Chick-Fil-A franchise that they want to run well because they believe in what they are trying to sell.

What about the church that spent $400,000 to renovate their children's ministry so that on Easter Sunday this year the children could experience church and hear about Christ in a way that is relevant to them. They come into their building by walking through a giant pirate ship entrance. We must have vastly different definitions of worship because they believe Easter is an opportunity to show what they can offer to people who only show up to worship once a year.

We get mad at the Pastor and argue and fight amongst ourselves. We have no qualms announcing to anyone who'll listen that we "just have a problem with the leadership" at such and such a church without any thought to the damage caused to the Church.

What if we actually lived by God's law? Not just the Ten Commandments, but all of His perfect Word to our utmost ability?
What if we educated our children so that they learned that God is found everywhere...even in algebra?
What if we saw the Church as a holy place where God's people gather to worship in Spirit and Truth and not just to have an experience once a week?
What if we used $250,000 and $400,000 to care for the widows and orphans? How many children wouldn't go to bed hungry? How many single mothers wouldn't have to worry about how they would keep their electricity on?
What if we made and kept a commitment to our local church body and we stayed and worked through the hard things?
What if we loved the way Christ loved us?

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