I can’t imagine there are any other words that could be more heart breaking to Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, than “Let us die.”
Especially when it’s coming from a church!
Yup, you read that right. Members of a church actually said, “Let us die!”
The question becomes, how did this happen? I am totally disheartened by this attitude coming from churches. While others may not have said it outright, there are certainly a good number of them living this way.
Yes, we do have too many churches. But some of these churches which wish to be left to die are actually churches in areas where there is a huge opportunity to share the Gospel message. One church in particular is in a residential neighbourhood, absolutely full of small families and they are the only protestant church in the area. And they are more than satisfied with continuing with nothing more than Sunday morning services presided over by a part-time aging retired minister.
No wonder people don’t want to have any kind of connection to the church if this is the public message we are giving.
When did we lose our passion? Why? How? What took it away?
I can’t believe I serve in a denomination where churches wish to die when so many people in our communities are looking for hope, joy, love, peace… the things that our great and wonderful Father, our God in heaven, is just waiting to pour out for all who come to know him.
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do…”
Let’s bring it back!
Let’s bring Christ back into our churches and have the Spirit move us to serve faithfully, sacrificially, with our whole being so the world may once again know how great is our God!
I totally agree! We can’t just bow down and die, is this what Jesus really wants us to do? Let’s bring Christ back into our communities, and more importantly into the Church. It’s time for a revival!!!
You ask when did we lose our passion?
well, my 2 cents worth…I believe that some of it began when we began losing our passion for living out the Gospel, when we stopped asking our brothers and sisters and ourselves the challenging questions (perhaps out of fear that we aren’t being “nice” or we may “offend” someone)-like how can we be more radical in sharing Christ with all in our neighbourhoods/towns/cities? Instead we began asking the easy questions, the questions that don’t require any effort on our behalf, and we now find ourselves spending more time trying not to offend one another than trying not to offend Jesus.
Food for thought…
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist” Archbishop Dom Camara