There has been something that has really been bothering me the past few weeks. I am not going to go into specifics of who, what, how….etc.
Because honestly it doesn’t matter. And that’s what this blog is about.
The things we get so caught up in, the debates we have (myself included), the things we get offended by….are quite honestly ridiculous.
I don’t want to bash “Christians” because I am one. I still believe in the original intent of proclaiming that over yourself and believe there is hope that one day we will return to it.
In the mean time we have become a people of offense. We believe that becoming hot and fiery over random, small details gives honor to God.
Most of the offense is with each other, most of the nitpicking is with each other.
We have become so consumed with whats going on inside of the church that we have forgot about our purpose for the outside of it.
I see us scrambling inside of a house fighting with each other and randomly opening a window, hanging out of it, only to shout out random convictions we have in anger before quickly retreating back in and slamming the window shut.
YOUR PERSONAL CONVICTIONS DO NOT “SAVE PEOPLE”.
The problem is we are so hung up on trying to get people to stop watching a movie, pull their shorts down, not bring coffee in a sanctuary…..and we have forgotten their soul.
What causes the “sin”….is a whole, whole lot of pain.
There are thousands of women…right now….who are being sold and brutally abused and raped. Statistically sexual abuse comes from people who they already knew (family, friends, etc)
Child Pornography is rampant (last statistic I read there are 116,000 searches for CHILD porn everyday)
Substance abuse, divorce, abortion, suicide….etc.etc.etc.
But truthfully …we as the church are “unmoved” by this stuff. We may shake our heads or send five bucks every once in awhile when prompted…
But you only see TRUE fire when one of us is offended by something………sad.
I truly believe the eyes of God are turned on the pain and hurt that people are experiencing right now, and we as the church have the power to bring a fierce love that could change everything.
See…we don’t save anyone. God does.
That’s a hard pill for people to swallow because once you get saved we don’t nurture you and allow you to grow and teach you to love. We commission you to stop everything “wrong” you are doing right this instant and muster enough power and resolve to not only conquer yourself but go conquer other people.
We have left God out of the mix, placed our self righteousness on a pedestal…and forgotten God’s heart and our purpose.
We have missed it.
However….I believe there is hope.
Let’s become these kind of people:
If you see someone wearing something that offends you, take them out to coffee and LISTEN to their story. Forget their clothes, their heart matters.
If there is a strip club in your town….bring the girls flowers and tell them they have purpose. You never know what brought them to that place.
If you see a movie that offends you….focus all your attention on this next generation of movie makers, and take them out and listen to their story. Invest in them.
If someone in church doesn’t shake your hand…go give them a hug.
See its not our offense that makes us holy…its how we respond to it.
Be someone who is productive, kind…someone who invests in others.
Don’t shout your offense . Shout your love.