In what ways do you build up or tear down the church?
This dad would be a casualty of life and the sin that so easily besets mankind, if it were not for the power of God through his church. And I’m raising my sons to love the things of God, in the house of God, among the people of God.
So as I look at what is being said and the accusations that are being leveled in the past few days, I wonder- Why are you tearing down the church in the wake of the chaos in the world around us?
If you’re a Christian that made the statement, “I’d better hear this,” and, “I’d better hear that at church on Sunday,” following the rioting in Charlottesville, or any of the tragedies of recent years, then you’re tearing down the ship on which all of us can hope to be saved in this stormy sea of life.
I can’t speak to the moral fortitude of your pastor, but I can tell you that the church was not created to be the ally of black, white, or other, in the fights that we contrive for ourselves. The Church is the Light of the World, and if everyone would run to the God of the Church, we would have much less of a sin problem, and fewer horrific tragedies today.
If you go to church, look around, and wonder, “Does anyone even care?”, or you wonder, “Where is the authority in what is being preached and declared from the pulpit?”, then I submit you’re in a church that Paul described as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” Don’t trash the church. Change churches, or develop the power of Christ within you to be the change you want to see in the church.
One day, your children will be in need of a church. What will they think about the body of Christ when that time comes? What has your testimony of the church been? And do you think they will care when you look at their lives and see they need Christ’s church the most? If you believe you can raise Christians apart from affirming and being a part of the body of Christ, then you are not teaching a biblical Christianity.
The world trashes Christianity and the church enough. Shouldn’t you and I stand up and defend her?