Thursday, May 29, 2008

Danger!


Howdy! That’s Texas speak for “hi”, if you didn’t know.

So, continuing the thought of the current day church being broken and far removed from what Jesus intended when He said to Peter, “…upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matt. 16: 18-19 NLT
I’m reminded that the early Christ followers did so under the threat of death, which as it turns out, was more than a threat. Most of the early believers died at the hands of the government and religious leaders by crucifixion or stoning because of the threat they posed to the power held by those entities.

So I ask you, is the “church” of today threatening or dangerous at all? Do you ever hear anyone worried that organized religion is going to shake up the status quo and bring about real change in society? Perhaps the medical community is worried that too many people are being healed in Jesus’ name, or the welfare department is concerned of going out of business because believers can’t sleep at night knowing a fellow human is hungry. I did hear once that going to church could in fact cause death…..from boredom!!!! (That was a joke when I heard it and I say it as one now - but it was born from a bit of truth.)

Let me repeat – following Jesus isn’t an institution or religion. It’s an eye-opening, life-changing choice that will, by His very nature, put you at odds with the ways of this world. Shame on those of us who are satisfied with the modern-day church system as we know it, and are willing to call that following Jesus. I’m praying for following Jesus to once again become dangerous.


Peace…….

2 Comments:

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Chris said...

It seems ironic to me that in this day, our government is not too concerned about the church moving. We hear that OTHER governments are concerned about churches being started and people gathering together. Is it because those people indeed take action in their community to turn it into what they believe God desires it to be?

As far as domestic threats go, it also seems ironic that the "church" feels threatened or issues warnings (aka threats) to individuals who start moving on their own "without church review, consent, voting, or whatever practice they have in place. It seems to me that here in the U.S., the church is more fearful and has control issues more so than the government.

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Very good point about the church itself feeling threatened. And that is an easy way to identify an institution or organization that is far more concerned with itself rather than the "work" it's supposed to be doing. Governments get that way as they move from serving the citizens to serving themselves, etc. If I remember right, we elect people in governement to go and vote on our (local) behalf for roads and services, protection, etc.

Churches are the same way...we want to point the finger at pastors and church "officials" but they are simply the "hired help" supposedly working on behalf of the larger body.

What happens along the way of this process that makes us (joe citizen, church-goer, etc.) give up our authority and rights?

Just a thought....thanks for yours.

 

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