Church Culture and Jesus
Okay, I get it.
The Church hasn't always gotten things right. We, as believers, have made mistakes, have misinterpreted, have fallen, and have judged. Believers and unbelievers alike are fed up with the ideas that have ruled our church cultures forever. They're done with the rules and regulations, the dress code, the "holier than thou" attitudes in the sanctuary, and the late night phone calls discussing the unnecessary details of Sister Lou Lou's prayer request.
I told you, I get it.
There's been a quiet disgust that has come over much of the people that are beginning or would begin a relationship with Jesus toward the church. The development of television and now, live streaming ministries is becoming more popular, I believe, because people, maybe you, feel like you are getting the perfect Jesus without His not so perfect people.
I want to show you 3 half-truths that you have likely believed about church and why they aren't true. At the same time I'm going to highlight the need that you have for church in your relationship with God. Here goes...
1. "Church is full of hypocrites."
This is one is a little tricky. I'm not saying it's flat out wrong, but I do think that the perception that hypocrites ruin the church is wrong. Make no mistake, a hypocritical spirit is sinful and religious in nature. It's the kind of attitude that makes me raise an eyebrow when hearing someone talk. But when we elevate the work of sin in our lives over the grace of Jesus for all people, we are denying God's power to overcome the opposition. This is God's house – that means home court advantage (as if He needs one). Please remember: We all need the grace of Jesus on a daily basis. I'm thankful that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Don't let the hypocrites keep you home. Don't be cut off from the body of Christ just because there are people that don't "get it" and don't even seem to be trying.
2. "As long as I've got Jesus, I don't need anybody else."
Again, this isn't absolutely untrue. But we need to evaluate what we're actually saying here. Jesus didn't come to die so that we can live in solitary confinement and be okay. What did He actually come for? So that we could have life "and life more abundantly". The abundant life is not lived in the shadows, alone, and in secret. Jesus died so that we could be reconciled to God, the Father, but He also created a path of reconciliation between us and our brother/sister in Jesus. The fact of the matter is that you need encouragement, you need accountability, and you need association. The Word of God is an amazing encouragement, but sometimes, having someone live and speak that encouragement out is a far more effective means of fulfilling the Scriptures. Likewise, we need a community that will keep us dialed in and help us not to veer. We need to learn and grow from others that are walking the same path as we are... in comes the church.
3. "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual."
It's time for us to admit that we are not God's favorite child. He's not respecter of persons. He has not downloaded some sort of new revelation into you that He's not given to all of us through His word. Associating church with religion is a personal issue. Thrusting this application onto the community of God's people is an unfortunate generalization about the body of Christ. When we reduce God's Church down to a list of rituals and practices, we have forgotten the God that saved us. What we really mean, most times, when saying this is, "I understand God better than anyone that meets together as an organized community of faith." It screams arrogance. A relationship with God is made up of a perfect balance between disciplines and relational interaction. The church should be involved in both of those areas and you should be involved with the church.
Undoubtedly, all three of these statements sound good and correct. That's how the enemy works. He plays on our minds with these, "half-truths" because Satan has been doing this long enough to know that if he can move you an inch in the wrong direction, you'll walk a mile on your own.
We must guard our hearts from the enemy that seeks to destroy us. There is no greater weapon than the unity of the church – God's people. Find the church. Plug in. Give your life to the vision of that church and to the cause of Christ!
- Pastor Cody
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