Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. Romans 2:1
As Christians, have we become victims of the very kind of people we are seeking to avoid?
Are we ignoring the deep issues of the heart by embedding ourselves in the false and shallow narrative of culture and religion that robs us from the authenticity we yearn for?
This is only found in an intimate relationship with God rooted in obedience – not with the motions of “doing church” to meet our religious quota. Such was the lifestyle of the Scribes and the Pharisees.
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Romans 1:5
How do we convince ourselves that the true condition of our heart of hearts doesn’t really matter to God – because, after all, we have such amazing grace?! We therefore willfully choose to remain numb to His conviction that is speaking with tender pleas to return to Him with ALL our hearts, and to repent of the rebellion we are living in that is evident by mere attendance at Church but absent from standing before the fire of God’s love. By embracing the deceptive and subtle compromises of the religious order, we are found comfortable, complacent and therefore compromised in our commitment to God’s will and deep down inside we know it.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things. 1 John 3:20
What has happened?
What will we do?
How will the leadership of our day respond?
Will they cool the fire of God by playing it safe with teaching the elementary doctrine of Scripture only and not the rhema Word of the Lord as well?
Have our sanctuaries become products of smart but powerless seminaries that are more concerned with keeping people happy and content for their own personal livelihood and 10-year church plan?
These are not questions prompted by a carnal anger; they are questions prompted by a holy indignation that are relevant for a nation that is on the verge of judgment by God! We don’t think it is too much to ask rigorous questions when erecting a church “building”, so why do we become easily offended when we ask just as serious questions on why we are not “being” the Church “Body”?
It is easy to tell when the church is connecting with the move of God and ushering there people into the heart of God. Just look at the altar. How often is there weeping at it? If there is no heart-felt conviction, there is never going to be revival for our land. More importantly we need to have our own alters at our own homes where we seek after God daily not only at our local churches.
The problem we are facing, and the difficulties lie in the fact that we have created a culture of “Doing Church” in an attempt to justify the promotion, and the creation of environments that focus on “productions” and on “doing” and not being – the Church. We have 85 minutes to get’em in and get’em out so we can repeat for the next herd.
One might ask, “what is the difference?”
In a very simple illustration – Doing Church is wearing clothes that don’t fit because they are from a closet that’s not yours and shoes to small because you have no journey of your own.
Being the Church is wearing clothes fitted for you by the tailor himself with shoes specific to the very shape of your feet. It is a result of walking with God through the phases of your life knowing that it will include struggle, difficulty, and even the loneliness that is required to know God for yourself.
I pray for a wave of grace upon us all and especially our pastors and leaders to confront our issues and present our heart of hearts naked before God. It will only be through such transparency that we will be delivered from “doing church” to “being the Church.”
It is time for the Church to Arise and answer her call and to demonstrate the love and power of the Gospel to all people.