With a grieved heart, I look around and see a plethora of “churches” that are offering up a fat plate of feel-good to a spiritually-starved people rather than a hearty dose of Jesus, who can quench every spiritual thirst and satisfy every spiritual hunger pain.
Having been a pastor for over 9 years now, nearly 8 years with my current congregation, I’ve seen trends come and go. I’ve seen all the latest growth strategies and polls that indicate the church just doesn’t relate to the current culture anymore. We’re told we have to distance ourselves from “grandma’s church” and get with the “new” program.
Too often “churches” plan and scrutinize over all the latest trends to see what they need to do to keep the folks coming. To those churches, I have the Biblical answer – give them Jesus! Oh wait, Jesus offends. Jesus is too traditional. Jesus requires too much – obedience. Instead, let’s not offend. Let’s focus on the temporal things, not the eternal because that makes everybody feel better at the end of the day and it won’t ruin our Sunday dinner.
But we have to understand, the lost culture won’t relate to the pure church of Jesus Christ because it can’t. After all, Jesus called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light to be His bride. And the darkness isn’t going to like the light. All the more reason the church must be the light, so that others can be saved from the darkness in which they blindly reside.
We are heading down a street on which we do not need to travel. Nor should we want to. We better get off at the next exit, turnaround and get back to what we’ve been called to do. We must understand, the world needs Jesus. Only Jesus. Unfortunately, the business I am seeing in “churches” today looks more like a K-Mart blue-light special rather than the mission Christ has tasked us with.
May we repent and get back to the business of spreading the Gospel!
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)