Typically, HiScrivener‘s blog etiquette is to find a few links that summarize a story and create a few smarmy comments to emphasize it. Not this page, not this commentary. This page is the catalyst for the “Writing on the Wall“. As noted on the linked page, Body of Christ… we need to WAKE UP, smell the fresh paint dripping on the wall and read the ink.
This story from the Christian Post is very close to my heart, but unlike so many pastors and teachers out there, I have experienced it first-hand and am not even shy about discussing it. So if you fancy a diatribe with visceral emotion, enjoy.
It’s been said, “The number one reason for atheism in this country is Christians.” I’m of the mindset that old sayings become old for a reason – wisdom that lasts time. And this, dear Body, is fact.
Most Christians have ‘desert experiences‘ – where fellowship is dry and absent, focus on God becomes waning and faith ends up exiting. The salvation is intact, peace with God is present but it’s a constant struggle to walk with the Lord. Why? Sometimes it’s God’s people.
Have you ever met a child – a true “Bebe’s Kid” – that causes you to think, “What went wrong? His (or her) parents are great!” Why can’t God receive the same inference? “God is loving, caring and full of grace. Why do some of his people act as if the world owes them something and are completely out of touch with humanity?”
Don’t believe me? Work for a church someday and then call me. Some (not even close to being most) of the worst people I have ever met – genuinely – are pastors or senior staffers at a church. Regretfully, that “It’s my world and you are just a squirrel trying to get a nut” approach to theology is the cause of the aforementioned article in the Christian Post.
The worst condition of this horrendous symptom in the Body of Christ is that younger Christians haven’t developed thick skin, are usually the ones that get affronted and turn around and BLAME GOD! What a bad rap the Almighty gets at the misguided and often diabolical actions of his people.
MEMO to all God-fearing, Bible-toting, Jesus-loving people out there: sometimes, you are the ONLY impression some lost soul will ever get of the Lord. Screw it up and you could create a ripple in the water of that person’s soul that is irrevocable.
Most of the time, Christians leave because of a “wounded” experience. They either deliberately walk away due to questions and doubts that go unanswered or they feel that God has walked away or “disappeared,”
Who “wounded” them? Often, other Christians!
True story: the DAY my son was born, I was TOLD to work (on a Saturday) so the church could get directional signs up by Monday. See, school was getting ready to start and that initial impression to other parents was more important than my welcoming this little guy into the world. Oh sure, I tried to refuse but the executive PASTOR threatened to fire me and actually questioned my loyalty to CHRIST!
Yes, it happens every day and if I didn’t have enough confidence in my walk with God, I would have just kept walking without him… and became one of the 31 million people PER YEAR that walk away all together noted in this profound article.
Speaking from experience, he [the focus of the article] believes Christians who return back to the faith can become a phenomenal force to revitalize churches. “When you come back, you come back for good. You come back with a passion” and reach out to others who have left the church, he said.
My sincere and earnest prayer is that I never become some dear soul’s bad impression of the love from God I experience on a daily basis. I am fully aware that I am a “living epistle” for all those I come in contact.
My witness, testimony and ACTIONS are what is read by those I surround myself and others that just watch my life from the cheap seats. If those three things are out of whack – biblically, ethically or morally – then I’s gots some ‘splaning to do.
Don’t believe me? Ask a waiter – any waiter – what is the WORST SHIFT to wait tables. Answer: a resounding ‘Sunday Brunch’. Why? Us. Why again? Many of us are so heavenly minded, we are no earthly good. You would rather leave a track instead of 20 – 30 percent (instead of BOTH). You are so demanding for chips and refills that you forget the other tables around you are asking for the same thing, and the same waiter is serving them too. Many reasons, one solution – that same person warming a pew every Sunday.
In short, our fingerprints are on every lost (and found) soul we touch with those three items, and to disregard or disrespect that role in their lives, is robbery to them and to God because we just stole a genuine experience that God was trying to make a ‘coincidence’.
Incidentally, a coincidence? It’s nothing more than a small miracle where God prefers to be anonymous.
Body, it’s a large responsibility to be a Christian. Yeah, you heard me… ‘responsibility’. Cast your calling aside. Put your anointing on the shelf. You are called to be a witness, first and foremost, by the three things previously mentioned that 90 percent of us take for granted.
People in the five-fold do it. Regular church folk do it. The only people that don’t – can’t, because they aren’t saved yet. And guess what?
YOU may be the cause of that.
Question: If you asked me to ‘get saved’, does that mean I will end up acting like you? If you aren’t proud to say ‘yes’ to that question, then reconsider whose child you are. Because if Bebe’s Kids plague the Church, it’s “DADDY” that gets blamed for bad parenting.