I am writing this as a reminder to myself. I am saddened by the state of this thing we call Christianity. Or maybe it is just that everyday, it seems as if this thing we call the church gets more and more dirt on its dress. There is division and infighting, debates and arguments. We have become a group that “knows” all the answers and yet knows absolutely nothing. We are a group of bickering siblings fighting about which one daddy loves the most.
What I am about to say is directed at no one in particular, and it is directed at everyone. It is directed squarely at the man in the mirror as well. It is directed at those who attend a traditional church or those who find themselves in a home church, or an organic church, or however they want to define their Christian community. Are we pointing people to Christ? Are we building him up? As a father of a two year old, are we behaving and acting in a manner in which we are setting the best possible example for them? Is the way we treat each other a manner that will encourage our children to actually want to know this man Jesus?
I am sorry to say this but in our quest to know Christ, it seems that we have become obsessed with knowing the facts of Christ. At times, it seems that our causes become idols standing squarely in the way of people knowing and growing closer to Christ. We put making people think like us, be like us, find Christ like us, worship like us, anything like us a barrier to knowing the real person of Jesus Christ.
We have become a group of people that sit in rooms and fight over trivial things while Jesus sits in the corner waiting for us to see Him and choose Him. He sits there quietly waiting for us to turn to Him and stop talking. He is sitting there like the parent of those bickering siblings wanting to scream “Are you finished? Are you ready to listen to me? Are you ready for me to share with you or do you want to keep going back and forth like you are…I’ll wait.”
So I encourage everyone to look within themselves and figure out what needs to be left at the cross. What are you clinging on to that is inhibiting Christ from being known through you? Are you willing to put them at the cross and let them die so that Christ might once again take His place as the Head of His Church?