|This is how it feels when I'm at certain churches,|
and I know I'm not alone in this feeling...
What brought this on? I have attended quite a few churches in my life time. Starting in the Midwest, I have seen the best and worst of the Lutheran church, the Episcopalian church, the United Methodist Church, the Anglican Church, and now an Evangelical contemporary church. I have visited Baptist churches, Presbyterian churches, non-denominational churches, Pentecostal churches, AME churches, among others, and the same facade is with each of them.
|Children don't need to be pacified, but encouraged to|
experience God on their own.
These same people are in the church I was a part of before I got married. There were great people there, but there were fathers who made their children go to church because it's what you do on Sunday morning. They would open the hymnal to whatever song was to be sung, but looked directly at the front, not paying attention to anything the song was saying. Same thing with the mothers, they would supply their children with crayons and things to color (or even their iPhones) so they would stay content while they listened to the sermon. Again, these same people would get up right before the end of the service so they wouldn't have to beat the traffic out in the parking lot.
Good grief! What is more important!?!?! A relationship with God? Or getting back home asap! Getting to know our Christ and Savior even more than we think we already do? Or keeping our kids content, not showing them the true value in opening your heart and mind to what God might say to you?
|I feel sometimes like there are people who keep looking|
forward at the church and the finances, but very few
members of the Church look to God for any real reason.
I have heard the argument before that, "everybody worships in their own way," and I have never doubted that. I agree with that and recognize it. But there's a difference between "worshiping in your own way," and "not worshiping at all." Whatever is going on in one's soul is between them and God, but for goodness sakes, if the power of the Holy Spirit was actually moving through you, we'd be able to tell! It's not something you can just hide!
Maybe I'm just ranting passionately about something that has truly been bothering me, but I felt so alone yesterday as I stood there, praising God for all He has done, and I look around and there's no movement - not even any lips moving or a recognition for the beat of the music, nothing. Every time there was an important part in the sermon, I saw phones being looked at for the time, and little chatting and whispers every few minutes. If it wasn't one thing, it was another, and it broke my heart.
|That boy will make a difference for the Kingdom|
In that moment, I felt that there was hope for the future of our Church - the Body of Christ. I felt that God was still working in us and through us, and He is bringing His Body to life one person at a time. I remembered that, in one way I am supposed to worry about the dead souls around me - even in church. I remembered that, in another way, I was supposed to worship the God I feel so hurt for and let Him handle the rest.
The reason I started this whole rant today is because it's something that consistently bothers me. Everyone feels differently about it, but for me, I can't stand it. I want to see the Chruch awakened completely! I feel like the Body of Christ is still sleeping. Think: when you're body sleeps, certain functions shut down until you wake up again in the morning. Well the Body of Christ has not experienced the morning yet! So many are alive and active, while most of the Body's counterparts are still asleep, waiting for the pons to wake them up. Pray for our Church, for the world-wide Church, every denomination, every perosn and every Seeker to come awakened to the life Christ has to offer for the Body! Let His presence reign over all the earth and let His work in the world truly start through us - a not-dead Church.
He Reigns by The Newsboys