You see them all the time. You talk to them. You might even be one of them.
They are rampant in churches. You walk into church and you are greeted by them. “Good morning, how are you?” and then they turn to the next person to talk to them. You could say to them “Well, I sacrificed a small child to the great satan this morning before pillaging the neighborhood and raping the women.” They wouldn’t know the difference because they have moved onto the next conversation. If they did realize you responded, they wouldn’t know what you said and would respond “Praise God! Well, it’s a blessing to have you here.”
Then the worship service starts and they sit and stare blankly at the pastor or whoever is making the announcements as if they care but in their minds you can just tell they are going “let’s get on with it already, there’s a game on in a little bit”.
Then comes worship time, this laughable part of the service (I say laughable because shouldn’t we be worshipping all the time? Also, this part looks so far from worship it’s pitiful.) reveals the people looking like robots, staring at the words and mouthing in unison while their eyes and posture suggest their brain is completely checked out. They are on vacation baby and loving it!
Offertory time! Oh boy! The bible instructs us to be cheerful givers and the word used really translates to hilarious. We’re supposed to be hilarious givers. Yeah, I don’t really see any happy looks on the faces of these “Christians” as they reluctantly drop their offering in the plate. What if you only get paid once every two weeks or even once a month? I’ve been in that predicament too. If you don’t happen to drop money in the plate on the weeks you don’t get paid, and pass the plate on by, then you get the courteous “I’m not judging you, but I’m judging you” look.
Then the sermon comes. Quick gut check: how many Christians do you think could tell you what the pastor preached on and what was the point of the sermon last Sunday if you asked them right now? Again blank faces, wandering minds, and sometimes even the pastor looks bored.
Uh-oh. The pastor is being moved by the spirit and now the sermon is starting to go over. Take a look around and count the people looking at their watches. You’d be surprised. Or maybe you wouldn’t. Maybe you’re a time-keeper yourself.
Finally! The sermon is over and now it’s time for the invitation. Oh no! The pastor wants us to sing another verse. This is terrible. Now the game is going to start without me for sure. If you have ever felt that way, maybe you should check your commitment to God.
Great! We’ve been to church, heard the message, praised God in song for a little while, and we even gave Him some money. Aren’t we awesome Christians? We made all the check marks. Now we can leave and get in our little cliques to talk trash about the other people at church and how lousy our pastor is and how the worship team just didn’t have it together and the songs were terrible. We don’t need to invite anyone to church or talk to anyone about God through the week because we’re superchristians that are dedicated to our Sunday more than anyone we know. We show up in our neatly pressed slacks and sportcoats with tasteful ties, and modest dresses with carefully selected blouses and endure the Sunday service, so why should we have to talk to anyone about church or God. —Gut check #2: When is the last time you invited someone to church? When is the last time you talked to someone about God? Now, by contrast, when is the last time you invited someone to go shopping or out drinking (oops I forgot, a Christian would never admit to drinking. It looks bad.), or to a movie or any other various thing not related to God?
Christians! It’s time to wake up! It’s not about us, it’s about God!
Why do people have such negative opinions about Christians and latch on to anything that makes sense as “evidence” against Christianity? These very things are the reason. If this is Christianity, who wants it?
We are supposed to live in Christ but that doesn’t mean that He is an old house that is a fixer upper. We shouldn’t treat Him like that house. We do it though. We move in, take ownership, paint the walls, hang some pictures, and make the house a reflection of us. We do the same thing to God and His church. We come in, make the music about what WE like, make the outreach happen the way WE want it to happen, work on OUR schedule and make God who WE want him to be: a genie in a bottle whose lamp we rub to get what WE want and that is His only purpose to us. GOD IS NOT MADE IN THE IMAGE OF US, WE ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD! The house shouldn’t reflect us in this case, we should reflect the house personality.
Are you feeling beat down yet? If so, good. That’s how we ought to feel for letting this kind of ambiguity about our faith to creep into our walk. We ought to be ashamed for putting God in a box and letting Him out only when we need him. Shaping God to look the way WE want him to look.
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