The State of Christianity
The state of Christianity in America today truly is a sad thing. Only God can change it--or should I say change us. It must begin with each individual Christian. Generally speaking, there is nothing in modern day Christianity that would draw me to Christ. God gave grace to me in that he allowed me to be born to godly parents who taught me the truth from a child. But if I were not saved now, I doubt I ever would be.
I say this to our
shame--there is nothing attractive to the world about Christianity
because the church has become the world. It grieves me that if anyone
attends church they expect to be entertained and they expect the
Christian life to be trouble-free. I'm a little fired up an a lot angry at what we
as Christians have allowed the devil to do. I am not just typing the keys. I am punching them. It is time to get back to, "...thus saith the LORD...."
Why do we no longer make a stand for the truth of the Gospel? Oh, we say we are Christians. We claim to love Christ. When was the last time you verbally shared Him with someone? When was the last time you spoke of Him at the office, or the mall? How about at family get-togethers? We have been given the order from Christ Himself to go and share His Truth with a lost and dying world. I am not talking about handing a tract to someone or inviting them to church. That is good, but when was the last time you spoke for the One who died for you? I know in my life it is not often enough. Still, that is what we are called to do--no, commanded to do.
Jesus said in John 20:21, "...as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." He was sent by the Father and in turn He has sent us. Why was He sent? "...to seek and to save that which was lost." We have been sent as He was sent--to seek the lost. Really, for what other reason did Jesus come? To heal the sick? So they could be comfortable. No, No, No, No, No. He healed them in relation to their faith. Each and every one that Jesus healed came to Him by faith in the person of the Messiah. He did not just heal them just so they could be healthy again. That is humanism, and it has infiltrated the church.
Did He come to feed the hungry? Did He come to save Israel from Roman oppression? No, No, No, No, No. He came to seek the lost. Did He minister to the lost by healing them and feeding them. Certainly, but that is not why He came. Furthermore, feeding the hungry and providing health care for the sick is not the primary job of the church. Her primary job is to seek the lost. Christ will do the saving, but He chooses to use our hands, feet, and mouths.
The state of Christianity truly is pitiful. It has become an institution of entertainment. Fancy preachers in big halls flashing pearly white teeth seem successful. "There is a better way to live," they say. They appeal to the emotions and everyone leaves the church happy--and sadly, most leave lost as well.
We are failing, and failing greatly to fulfill The Great Commission. It was important enough to God to send His Son. It was important enough for God to place the Commission in the first five books of The New Testament (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 2:8). Jesus said in John 8:12 that He was the Light of the world. In Matthew 5:14 He says that we are the light of the world. IF we possess His light we are to continue to shine that reflective light everywhere we go. Are you--really?
Matthew 5:13 tells us, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Realistically, is this not an accurate description of 21st Century Christianity here in America?
It angers me to see how much we have given away. We talk like the world. We act like the world. We dress like the world. We go to worldly amusements and take in worldly entertainment. We are as careless as the world and yet we expect the world to accept our Christ. We are just like the world. We offer them nothing different. True godly holiness, the sign of Christianity, has long ago departed--and so has the glory of God. Ichabod is written across so many church doors in America today. It is shameful and no one cares. My friend, it is past time to wake up!
John the Baptist gave another description of present day America as he addressed the religious leaders of his day in Matthew 3:7, 8--"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. America, where are your fruits for repentance? Talk is cheap.
I remember being at my Aunt's funeral several years ago. My aunt was a born again Christian and she lived it. The "preacher" said, "This woman had so much faith, she knew she would be in the presence of God when she passed on. I hope someday I can have that kind of faith." This is a supposed man of God admitting he does not have saving faith. He is as lost as his congregation. Come on! What is wrong with us?
Everything that I share at our church, everything I write on HubPages, I am responsible for. I have to deal with the same life situations that you do. Before I make an attempt to remove the splinter out of your eye, I must first remove the log out of mine. I need to deal with these things first before I bring them to you. I have dealt with them. Now will you--for Christ's sake.