Monday, November 23, 2009

j-j-j-j-jaded...

aerosmith had it right...
i don't think that a church leader purposely sets out to lead his "flock" off a cliff... if i did, then i would never trust a preacher again. so, let's pretend that they don't start of with cruel intent. granted, "all have sinned and fall short..".. pastors are human, too, i get that. but: if you can't stand the heat, get out of the pulpit. scripture says that church leaders have a higher standard (for lack of better words) to live up to.. so what is going on?? let's assume they start off humble.. with good intentions... what is it that makes them slip up? sin? power? denial? how do they get from here to there? from preaching against sin to sleeping with prostitutes? to having affairs with young boys in the youth group? pornography? stealing from the government?

and what does that say to the world? no wonder. tell someone you are a christian. big whoop, they say. i know atheists who treat others better than some of these men.. no wonder people aren't interested in becoming a christian anymore. would you??

and what about the church members left behind? do they really just find another church home? how many times do you think it will take to get them to give up completely? to become jaded like me? and why would i want to bring my kids up in the same mess? but then, i will get judged for not keeping a pew warm on sunday mornings. how do you teach a child the love of Christ? what did He say to do??? help the orphans.. the widows... feed the hungry.. help the needy. we've lost focus.. it's not about how many members we have.. it's not about who is tithing and who isn't.. pointing them out.. sermons are no longer about the Good News.. it's name it and claim it! speak it into existence! debt free in 2003! seriously?? how to get more cars and houses than we really need... where you treasure is, there your heart will be also, if i recall correctly...
so.. where do we go from here?

1 comment:

Odie said...

back to the way it was in acts 2 - that's where we go!