To pick up from yesterday's blog, and restate, I do not think there is anything wrong with doing "nice" things or "serving" as many call it. In fact it is Biblical. I am also trying to be as positive as possible. My intention is not to bash the church or anyone else. It is simply to point out what I feel, based on my experience and being agnostic for most of my life, could be changed. I do not have all of the answers, and am well aware that people do not like change. So, with that being written, why not give it a try?
I stated yesterday that the majority of Christians have been so since a young age. Let's start there. Simply because you believe something does not make it true. Simply because it is what you have been taught your entire life does not make it true either. Let's all get on the same page! How do we do that? Define what we actually believe. People ask why are there so many denominations, but in my experience the majority do not know what "Christianity" they believe, much less what a denomination may believe. Here is how one can tell that statement is true. Write or say something concerning one of the ever so popular preachers so many Christians love and see how Christ like they treat you afterward. Here is part of the problem. Orthodox Christianity is the foundation of the Christian belief. If you do not know what that is, well as I said, this is part of the problem. If you do know, and still follow the Hinns, Hagins, Meyers, Moores, Jakes, Joels and any WOF teacher, then you are wrong! Sorry that was blunt, but we are to call out false teachers. Take it up with God, I am just the messenger. Everyone cannot be right. Which means someone is wrong. So let's get on the same page, know where Christianity even started, who decided the Books, the sacraments,the Trinity and the rest of the essentials. If you do not agree with the essentials, well, you are following something that is not Christianity. Why not give it a try? I know, I know what makes me right? It isn't about me. I base my beliefs on the Word of God, history, evidence and reason. It is not based on a feeling I have. Bottom line, let's come together on the basics and build from there.
Which brings us to our pastors. It would appear, again from coming from the "other side" and now being a part of the "club" that our pastors do not want to state that there is one Truth. We talk about the truth, but to actually tell someone they are wrong, well I have never heard it from anyone except my professors. Again, if we are right, and I think we are, then we must also tell others they are wrong! Again, I know the dreaded church member that has been there since the apostles may get mad. Well, then they should go to the Book and handle it accordingly. Stop getting upset over every little thing and accept that all of us cannot be right. Myself included! I also understand the excuse that it is hard to preach on Sunday to milk and meat both. Well, put the milk folks in class on Sunday morning. If they do not like it, introduce them to the church of comfort around the corner. Stand up for God and teach the Truth. It is not about how scripture makes someone feel. It is about what scripture means in context. Teach us, from the beginning, or as the Bible states, make disciples. If you believe truth is subjective, then chances are you are not following the same Christianity, or Book, most profess to follow. The Bible teaches objective, absolute Truth, and we need to be teaching it as well. Why not give it a try?
All the nice things we do as Christians, or serving as I stated earlier, are fantastic. Yes, I really wrote that. However, if all we are doing is serving and not sharing the gospel then what makes us any different than the other folks doing nice things and serving. But first, we must take care of our own! Again, a Biblical standard. And again, I know the excuses. People will take advantage, or people will come here just for a handout. Okay, how many have we helped outside the church that have come to Christ? Where are they? Our goal is to not only share the love of Christ, but to make sure we share the love with those that are followers. How many people in your church do you think could use the kind of help we are sending to other countries? Or need many of the items we are giving away. How many kids in our church need coats, toys, and for that matter necessities, that we assume are okay? Reminder! This is not about a particular church,pastor or congregation! But anyway, Biblically, we must take care of our own first. In all ways. Salvation first, then all the other nice stuff everyone else is doing too. Set ourselves apart it states. But that sounds like a cult. No, it sounds like what the Bible tells us to do.
There will never be enough space to write everything on my heart. Yet, the Holy Spirit moved in my life about nine years ago, and since then, well, the "club" has pretty much been exactly one of the reasons I stayed away for so long. I am not being mean, or rude. I have been on the other side. I made fun of Christians, along with my friends, and most other non followers. There are many reasons. Mainly the actions, attitudes and beliefs of many that professed the Christian title. My heart is to reach everyone that was like me. My mind struggles with the fact of no one seeming to care. Same thing different YEAR. Can someone listen? Would someone have the courage to make the change? Can we come together in Truth? Can we stop feeling good about ourselves and actually make a difference in the world; in our community, our family and friends? Let me leave you with one final thought. Would anyone notice if your church closed, other than those that go there sometimes? Why not give it a try?