We Can Do Better
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place."
I keep asking questions like:
•Why is the divorce rate inside the Church nearly identical to the divorce rate outside the Church?
•Why do so many Christian men perform aggressively at work yet remain disengaged and passive at home?
•Why do so many Christians say their secular job is their ministry but then show so little fruit for their efforts?
•Why do Christians talk about family values while their lifestyles are virtually identical to the average non-Christian?
•Why do so few Christians possess confidence that they are on a divine mission?
•Why do less than 10 percent of all Christians regularly tell others about God's forgiveness through Christ?
•If Jesus really changes lives, why do 50 million Americans claiming to be born again have such a marginal impact on society?
The prophet Jeremiah asked similar questions about the "church" of his day. He observed that many people pursued "emptiness" (Jeremiah 2:5) out of the "stubbornness of their evil heart" (3:17), yet they didn't have the good sense even "to be ashamed" (3:3) about it. "They did not even know how to blush" (6:15). Those deceived, distracted "believers" sat comfortably in the house of God—just as they do in our generation, week after week—listening to the teaching of the Scriptures but refusing to let the truth become a matter of obedience, a manner of life.
Which of these questions do you need to deal with?
Pick one of these questions—or one of your own—and think about what you could do to help your church advance a change of direction.
Pray that "judgment" will "begin with the household of God" (1 Peter 4:17) and that we will pay attention when it does.