For those expecting me to post last week, please allow me to apologize now. I fully intended to continue my thought process in part two of the multi-post topic of The Great Selfish Commission, but I was recuperating and collecting my thoughts and feelings after a long weekend with friends, rejoicing over the wedding vows of one of my favorite people on the planet. So, let’s dive right back in.
When the majority of America thinks of modern day churches, they tend to picture the mainstream mega churches with record deals and “too big for their britches” mentality or country churches that are stagnant and fading away. Why is that? Why do most people immediately go to those two extremes? What are we doing wrong? Is this a fixable issue? Have we let it go on for so long that it is no longer fixable?
An excerpt from The Great Selfish Commission Part One:
We are focused, for the most part, more on the glitz and glamor of “doing church” than on the great commission and have like this given God and his church the great selfish commission of “feed me,” “serve me,” and “caudle me.”
I said it in my last post, in not so few words, that I think we have unintentionally warped the world’s view of the church through our own desensitizing of our faith and seeker-friendly teachings we serve instead of preaching on Sunday mornings. Instead of honest foundational truths, we offer up generalized thoughts that may seem to have some biblical foundation somewhere, but not really. Instead of reaching out to the desolate, the hopeless, and the broken, we sit in our comfortable Christianity and whine when the sanctuary is too hot or too cold and insist that we can’t worship in such poor conditions. Instead of approaching the homeless man on the street or the woman with an addiction we see picking up her kids from school and sharing Jesus, we quickly veer to the other end of town convincing ourselves that pastor needs to handle it.
That is the problem. That is the reason the world, at vast views us, the Church, in the manner in which they do. It is the church’s job to be the church, not the world’s job to see the church as the church. We control our actions. We control how the world views us. If we don’t look like Jesus, act like Jesus, speak like Jesus, or think like Jesus how is the world going to know who he is? Christ didn’t call us to be Sadducees and Pharisees, but missionaries to reach out to the broken and hurting. The world isn’t the church, the church is. If we aren’t always in the pursuit of fulfilling the great commission, the world’s view of us becomes all the more accurate. We must be about the Father’s business, doing what the Son of God has called us to, while being empowered by the Spirit of God. Be the Church, you, the body of believers.
I don’t know about you, but I am convinced that if the church would act like the church, the body and bride of Christ, maybe we wouldn’t be such a deterrence for people seeking love, hope, and truth found in Jesus. If we would be the church we are called to be outside of the church; maybe we would see the revival we have been longing for inside the four walls of the church. It takes us being Christian 24-7 and following him even when it isn’t easy, even when it isn’t popular.
Stop following the Great Selfish Commission, pick up the call Christ has given us, and act like his church. It isn’t too late. It isn’t over.And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)