This morning I had another one of my moments of random thoughts. It is a condition I am afflicted with regularly and I am learning to use it in ways that would be both inspiring and challenging. This morning’s random thought came out of a conversation I had in 2016 with someone at church. Our conversation emerged from that Sunday’s message that was about the question of human sexuality. If you are a member of or are following the news in our Tribe, it is a hot topic button. My point was that God calls us to love and care about others and that homosexuality is not the worst sin, and we needed to stop treating it that way. We need to bear witness to the truth of Jesus through our lives and give the Spirit the opportunity to change whatever needs to be changed in our life.
This member told me a little later how much she appreciated my conversation on this delicate subject and asked me what I thought was the “worst” sin. This random thought continues to flow through my gray matter. I want to say up front and to be consistent with last Sunday’s sermon, that all sin is equally hideous and ugly. At the foot of the Cross we are all equals, from the person in church to the criminal in a maximum security prison. All sin demands a terrible price which Jesus gladly paid on the Cross out of His favor, kindness and mercy. But…
But there are, call them “things” or “attitudes” or “beliefs” that are absolutely killing the western church. As I reflected on what is killing our efforts to bring the Kingdom of God on earth, what is killing our desire that His will be done here as it is in heaven, I have come up with what I’m calling a “Top 10 List”. This list is not, by any stretch of even my imagination, the only things that are killing the church’s effectiveness today. I would say this Top 10 list is among the deadliest for any congregation.
So, for the next 10 days I will be addressing each of them. Today all you are going to get from this blog is The List. I would invite you to comment on other things you see that are killing the church today. Now, this is not meant to condemn the church or any particular congregation. It is not meant to tear down anyone or any church. Think about this series like you would a visit to your doctor when you know something is wrong. Would you want your doctor to simply say that you are OK, or would you rather she or he be truthful about what might be physically wrong with you? To let you see where my heart is in all this, let me share my motivation and my heart with you. It comes from Ephesians 4:15 and in God’s Word Translation is goes like this:
Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.
I write and speak out of love for Jesus first, and also for you. So here is my Top 10 List of things we need to stop doing.
10. Choosing religion over relationship
9. Ignoring that we are in a war
8. Wrong priorities
7. Cookie Cutter attitude
6. Self Reliance
5. Fear of change
4. Form rather than substance
3. Loss of passion
2. False humility
1. The worst one of all
I am not expecting everyone to agree with my conclusions. Reality is, I expect some to be offended at me. I strongly suspect that when Jesus walked this earth He deliberately said some things just to offend some in the crowd. Well, here goes to 10 straight days of blogging. Usually I do one per week here, and one on my other blog. I ask for your prayers as I step into what I believe, are thoughts put in my heart and mind by the Holy Spirit. And remember, love God with all your heart; love others the way Jesus loves you, and make sure all the glory goes to Him! Pray as you will…