Church Faults (Written by someone who attends our church)

Our image is broken from our past and instead of showing our changes and who we are and what we believe; we have pulled out of a society that has become judgemental of us. Instead of fixing the divide that is hurting our standing in the eyes of the very people we hope to save, we engage in these semantic arguments with atheists that leave us looking just as out of touch as we think the opposition is.

To show our faith we must take the moral high ground and not meet the people who see the world differently than us in a mud slinging match that no one profits from but them. Both of us are acting like sulking children and they have us right where they want us, reacting.

We have to prove our convictions through our actions not our words. We will attract more to Jesus through our love of Him, love of others and faith rather than through the philosophy of one up man ship. We are trying so hard to prove the Truth to others that our dogmatic defence clouds that very truth. Truth is pure on its own and does not need our defence but our willingness to live and breathe it to set an example. People want truth but will be blind to it as a mechanism of defence from all the false claims of truth that exist in the world. Our human nature to trust and love is buried in a time of cynicism and outlandish greed. We as a society live at a time where trust is a sign of weakness and people are constantly vying to be right. This leads humanity to second guess everything because Fox news says one thing and CNN another. Both claiming to be right and leaving us having to pick the truth we want or can understand. We are forced to pick a side. Consequently, the idea of truth is a game. There is no pure truth in the world anymore and we are shocked that people don’t see what we see in the Truth of Christ. Can you blame them? Truth is in information and information is for sale. What you hear and see on the news or internet is in serious need of discernment. We know that we have to second guess everything placed in front of us because the truths most see today is an angle, a business.

So here lies the rub. If truth is for sale in today’s climate, how do we as believers show truth but not try to sell it because that sale brings about authenticity issues in most people’s finely tuned modern world defences? We need to show ourselves as trying to live the Truth not trying to prove it! As I mentioned earlier, we are caught in a debate that we can’t win because if the atheists have us reacting to their vitriol with our own than we seem like the Republicans and Democrats at election time, both full of crap. People will opt not to choose and even though we have the truth they will not listen, an unfortunate heuristic of modern survival.

Our faith is pure but our love of our neighbours is not. We must treat those who seem to attack us with the same love as those who do not. Jesus says to turn the other cheek but we seem to be out ready to accept any fight. How can we as Christians show love while we are caught up in a grade 2 slap fight. We are closed to openness, and defensive to criticism. Some Christians hang hell out there as if it is our judgement to make. Some Christians seem smug and walk with the swagger of someone in the know; however the appearance of vanity leads us to be unapproachable. We can’t slam our faith down someone’s throat through superiority because modern humans look at a good thing and wonder what the catch is.

Jesus sells Himself and we just need to love Him and each other, live the way we know we should through the teachings and keep our egos in check while the truth sweeps the world. We are responsible to God and we need to show that being Christian is to be humble.

Andrew V

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3 comments on “Church Faults (Written by someone who attends our church)

  1. Tony Puccio says:

    “If my people”, Some Additional Things.

    In a post I posted a few days ago I posted regarding the need for repentance and quoted such scriptures as 2 Chronicles 7:14. However, as I was going through my journal I found a vision from June of 2009 that the Lord had given me that I think fits here as part of the original, ” If My People” posting. In this vision I saw 2 groups of people facing one another. The people were in lines opposite one another. Each person in each line were holding signs and on the signs were accusations and insults accusing and insulting the people on the opposing side. In addition to holding the signs, the people on each side were yelling insulting remarks and making accusations. While they were doing this, what they did not see was that the country around them was being destroyed by the ravages of sin, freedoms were being taken away but neither side could see it because they were too distracted by being focused on insulting and accusing one another.

    To revisit 2 Chronicles 7:14, it says If My people( a unified body of believers not splinter groups of warring factions) shall humble themselves. I remember hearing the Lord say on July 4th of 2009 while I was watching the fireworks, ” this is the last year you will celebrate as a united nation” It was shortly after that, that I had a dream and in the dream I saw the United states as a puzzle much like you would have seen when you were a kid and your parents bought you a puzzle of the United States so that you could learn your geography. Only in this dream I saw puzzle pieces, representing states, disappearing from the puzzle board leaving gaps in the puzzle. In other words, the puzzle that showed a united nation now showed states missing. I also saw an angel with a drawn sword standing over the United States and he was near the east coast where Washington D.C.is.

    Getting back to the people accusing and insulting one another what got the attention of Isaiah the prophet was the death of King Uzziah. In Isaiah 6:1 it is that Isaiah saw the Lord in the year King Uzziah died. He saw the Lord high and lifted up and the train of His robe filled the temple. Thus it would seem that it was the tragedy of King Uzziah’s death that caused Isaiah to look upward and, “see the Lord” After his upward gaze seeing the Lord, he says, “woe is me”, here Isaiah sees his own sin and was humbled in the presence of a Holy and Righteous God. The closer one gets to the Lord, the more of His holiness we behold and the more of our sinfulness we see. If you look at the chapters preceding this one, Isaiah’s pet phrase seemed to be, “woe to you”.

    Isa_3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
    Isa_3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
    Isa_5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
    Isa_5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
    Isa_5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
    Isa_5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Isa_5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
    Isa_5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

    After seeing the Lord in the splendor of His holiness, Isaiah says, “woe is me”.

    We all need a “woe is me” revelation or we will never get past our own self-righteous religious attitudes which condemn one another and ultimately destroy one another while the world around us is being destroyed.

    After this revelation the Lord was able to say, “Whom shall I send and Who will go for us” , to which Isaiah responds, “here am I, send me”.

    What is it going to take for us to see the Lord? How bad do things have to get before we see the Lord? 911 was a brief moment were it seemed that we saw the Lord, however, it did not last and things seem to be back as they had been before.

    Jesus said that all would know that we were His disciples by the Love we had one for another. If we are going to be used by the Lord to minister to a lost and dying world, we need to see the Lord, have our, “woe is me moment” and then say, here am I , send me.

  2. John den Engelsen says:

    Well written post. I understand the thrust of the argument and I very much agree that the way we as Christians approach the world needs to change … drastically and radically. But I am not convinced that engaging secular culture in dialogue, about faith issues, is merely mud slinging and not profitable.

    Atheists have some very valid complaints and criticisms about the church that I think challenge us into something much more authentic. It is no longer good enough to simply love them. They see right through our pretense. They now hold suspicions over our intentions of friendship the moment we mention the name Jesus. They understand that our efforts and programs are all designed to convert (coerce and manipulate?) them into ‘salvation’. Is it time to cut the crap?

    The church is changing, declining actually. Stats bear that out. The church is rapidly losing relevance and importance with our post modern culture. In two more generations, at the current rate of decline, we may see only a remnant of the church. I feel like the church needs to take a step back and have a hard look at our authenticity (a truly Christ-like heart for all people) and what really matters. In that, I feel the writer and I are on the same page and share the same frustration.

    Maybe, rather than discounting the value of dialogue, we simply need to switch the intent. Rather than trying to convert, maybe the intent should focus on trying to understand the perspective of the unchurched. For me, the dialogue has humbled me, made me question, compelled me to seek a more authentic relationship with Jesus and less attachment to vain non-essentials and agendas.

  3. disableme says:

    Well said. Thanks John 🙂

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