Where did we go wrong?

This is an American blog, and it’s a good deal longer than any of my posts. http://revolutionera.com/2011/01/absurdity-of-modern-day-christianity.html.  But some of the stuff near the end is superb, for example:

“Today, if someone is demon possessed, we don’t cast out the devil, we call a psychologist. If they are sick, we don’t pray for their healing, we call the doctor. If they die, we don’t command them to be raised back, we call the morgue. We don’t actually preach Christ, we just happen to mention that we are Christians (so long as we don’t run the risk of being embarrassed in the process). Christ isn’t our obsession, no matter how often we sing it on Sundays. We don’t pray continually. Praise and worship isn’t the first thing out of our lips when we get up in the mornings. We don’t pull all nighters in prayer. We don’t visit the sick and poor in our neighborhoods. We don’t give to people we know are in need (we figure that dropping a check off at our local congregation is enough). We’ve never spoken about Jesus Christ to the point of being beaten, humiliated, slandered, kicked out of a place, or even killed.

This truth stings me as much as it should sting you: Our lives look nothing like the lives of Jesus of Nazareth, St. Paul, Justin Martyr, St. Patrick, or John Wesley.”

You could try this bit:

“We don’t need pastors and paid clergy whose salaries are funded by the spectating laity. We need seasoned Christians who are willing to take two or three people under their wing in order to help them grow and develop. Our current Christian culture has conditioned us to think that by attending an event once or twice a week, we will become like Christ based on our participation in that event. This is a lie. When we have people that are willing to disciple one or two fellow Christians indefinitely, anytime, anywhere, you have discipleship. This is church.

People don’t know how to pray for the sick because all they have are communicators of information (preachers), but not one mentor them by walking them through the “how-to” it on an ongoing basis. We don’t have a lifestyle of prayer and constant fellowship with God because all we have are leaders who tell us about it, but no one who will walk me through it on a daily basis.”

There are issues with church – doesn’t mean that this guy is getting at church per se.  But we do need to turn around and allow the Spirit to move us; simply to move us, to take us in the direction that He wants us to go. He’s the boss, after all.  Isn’t He?

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About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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