The harsh and sad fact of the matter is that we have too many people playing church, some talking church and not enough people BEING the church. But then again you can’t be what you aren’t right? You can talk a good game, but that’s all it is – game. Christianity isn’t a game. You go to Asia and you see people risking their lives to preach the gospel, risking their lives to worship God and you tell me about games. We look at the heart wrenching state of the world and say ‘Jesus is coming back soon’ ‘Jesus take the wheel’ ‘I wish it was the rapture already’. But is this really the church you expect Jesus to come back for? We pray for revival forgetting that the church is in dire need of one itself. There are some of us that look so alike our worldly counterparts, they see us behaving contrary to the will of God and through our participation, feel like it’s legitimate. “Ahh well if the Christians are doing it, can’t be too bad then right?” No, wrong!
We’re confused and blinding ourselves from the truth if we think that it’s only the world that has the problem. We look outside the window and say this is the destruction and uprisings that the bible predicts will come to pass and use this to infer that its end times. But Jesus is coming back for a church worthy of His presence. Where is that church? Let me know when you find it please and leave a comment below *I hope my sarcasm isn’t being wasted on you :/*. Yet the irony is you have people walking around flying the banner of Christianity and living diametrically opposed to everything it teaches us. Like I said, this isn’t to fire shots because in reality I don’t have time for that. But I’m begging that it will serve as a wakeup call for just one person. Is the life you’re living really all Jesus died to give you? Let’s be real, you know there’s more and you can do better to honour that life.
The church in itself has become a place synonymous with compromise and consequently the people within have started to adopt that mantra. I’m sick to my stomach seeing people abuse the title Christian within church. If the rapture struck one fateful Sunday, some people actually think they’ll be safe because they’ll be in church that day. Don’t make me laugh, if I had any say in the matter, I’d beg heaven to start in the church first! The church is slowly becoming a place where we feel comfortable exchanging the truth of God for a lie, and some of us know that is exactly what we are doing. But that’s for another post. The church is sick, weakened and perverted by the influence of the world. Now we see that the very things that were nailed to that cross on Calvary have not only been retrieved from the pits of hell, they’ve been let loose into the church. Corporately, we’ve become nothing more than a gaggle of fronting, stunting masquerades. Social clubs masquerading as the church, brothels masquerading as the church, fraud gangs masquerading as the church, embezzlers masquerading as the church, child abusers & paedophiles masquerading as the church, homosexuals masquerading as the church, home-wreckers masquerading as the church. You name it, the church has absorbed these spirits into its core. Right now the church is a mess; we’ve become a damaged and filthy bride in a stain dressed on her wedding day. Jesus is coming back for His bride, but knowing what the church is like today – would you even wait at the aisle?
Now when I look at the lives of the Israelites who thought they could cheat on God at every given opportunity, I also remember that it was not every Israelite that made it to the Promised Land, but a mere few, a remnant. Allow me to go off tangent and then bring you back round if you will ;). Exodus 32 is an amazing chapter and I’ll tell you why now. The people grew impatient and despite knowing better, Aaron allowed himself to be corrupted by his fellow brothers & sisters. His will was crushed under the weight of peer pressure and he made the golden calf. This for me stood out because we see that Aaron went with the majority despite the fact the majority was in the wrong. So just like Aaron was ‘forced’ into something wrong by his fellow Jewish brothers & sister, many of us enter sinful situations because our other Christian brothers & sisters are in them. Sometimes we are dragged in, other times we happily skip along. Like I said before, Christian participation sometimes serves to legitimise bad behaviour in the world and the same happens within a Christian-Christian paradigm. Be careful about the Christian company you keep and the self designed doctrines they try to encourage you to adhere to. If it’s not of God, it’s simply that. Do you remember how things ended in Exodus 32? Well three thousand people were killed by the sword of the Levites and several others died by a plague cast on them by the Lord because they willing partook in something that subverted the agenda of God. Birds of a feather flock together, and eventually all pigs get stuck in the mud. Just saying. I just hope we’ll never have to understand the true meaning of ride or die.
The majority looks sweet right about now and it’s understandable as the church is our place of fellowship where we rightly make social connections. But I urge you to be conscious and vigilant of the ‘Christian’ friends you allow to influence you. You can be hot as a volcano but if you are chilling with an arctic group of Christian friends, they’ll eventually put out your flame. So hear me when I say that now is NOT the time to play down your Christianity to fit in. Lukewarmness often occurs through dilution, your light &flame is not meant to be dim hidden under a bushel but rather it’s to be set upon a mountain top, a city set upon a hill! So don’t dull! So you know what, I’m packing my load and I’m off to build that city at the top of the hill, join me and we’ll start house by house. We can be that city set on the hill, a new city, a new wave of Christians seeking and hungering for righteousness waiting to be filled. We can be the example to others to show them type of church Jesus died for, because when I metaphorically stand in the church and look around, dare I say it, He didn’t die for this.
Doing your part
I challenge you all today to pray to God and ask Him to open your eyes to the things around you, this is not the season to see the hand of God move and not understand why. This call to righteousness has not come out of nowhere; God is seeking a people who will turn from their wicked ways and return to the true agenda of God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” I equally challenge you to seek God to show you His heart and to break it for what breaks His so you may truly carry a heart that longs to serve Him in spirit & truth. About two-odd years ago I did this and my life hasn’t been the same. It’s not the type of thing you can switch on and off, so don’t pray that prayer of exchanging hearts if you are not ready to lay down all you know to serve from that position. It’s all well and good to serve from a place of the comfortable; we all like it there because we know it so well. But I dear you to step out into the necessary! We don’t need a church that is comfortable with sin, comfortable with the world ruling its agenda, we need a church that will forcibly carry the heart of God in the church & world. Church is more than a Sunday show, cute outfit, a few social media status and verses once in a while. Church is a state of mind. Like I said in my previous posts on Standing in the workplace, you are the church in your place of work; work is your ministry. You are the church, it’s time to make sure you are doing your part. Enough really is enough, the bad seed need to stop corrupting the good seed. Lukewarmers need to make up their minds, you’re either in or out, but your indecisive is bringing in a hefty draft into the church. You are either a lovely warm summer day or bitterly cold winter chill, but living in London I can assuredly tell you I’ve never seen a rainbow at Christmas. December weather has done us all a favour and made up its mind about which way it will go, now its your turn. You will either serve God in righteousness and be on the side of change or you’ll be part of the problem. Might sound harsh, but salvation isn’t relative it’s absolute.
So why don’t we go back to a church striving to be the perfect bride Jesus will come back for. A church so lost in God, the world has to fight Him to invade us! Let’s build the church as an offering to God as the place where He is revealed to us, like Jacob did in Genesis 35. Bethel is not only a physical place of worship, it’s a spiritual place of fellowship with God. The church is not just the four walls of any building, but it lies within the four walls of your heart. Do you know why? Because that should be the place where Jesus lives.
So let’s spread the word, feed a spirit, encourage a soul!