Friday, December 11, 2009

WWJD

Although what you are about to read may seem harsh, it is true and reflects the general Christian church of today. I choose to be a part of the change.

The church is a funny place. Preaching one thing and doing quite another. Thankfully, there is a remnant, though minimal, that really is a reflection of the attitude of Christ and embodies the same passion to change the earth. I am absolutely convinced that if Jesus were alive in the flesh and walking the earth today, almost all "Christians" would crucify Him. I'll explain why, and perhaps some minds and attitudes will change because of the reality of this letter. Too many Christians are too lazy and selfish to really reflect a Christ-like attitude. While declaring "what would Jesus do" about every issue around them, they do nothing that He would do. For certain, He would not be rewarding lawlessness with blessing and a lack of discipline with a bag of groceries. He is the same one that was willing to whip money changers and offenders of His Kingdom without worrying about people thinking He wasn't showing any love. He walked past many that were sick and lame because He would not bless their lawlessness while looking for those who had a heart for change. If He were here in the flesh, He would not be liked because He would say to the one who lacks, "discipline your life and finances and change will come." He would say to the one who is unemployed, "get a job at Taco Bell if that is all that is available and the greater will come." He would ask the one who always has their hand out for charity, "why are you in this position, what got you here, and what are you doing to get out?" He would say to the one that is always complaining yet never doing, "since your right hand offends you, cut it off!" Contrary to what most Christians believe, He would not tolerate the present stupidity that is reflected in the church. He would not act like their are no issues. He would not be concerned if He offended you. What Jesus would do and what the church of today does are in no way similar.

If the earth is going to be changed, the church is going to have to grow up and take responsibility. Most of the church looks foolish to those outside because most Christians are unwilling to deal with the very thing that brings change, and that is truth. I am a believer and I wouldn't want anything to do with the Jesus most of the church reflects. He is too weak and silly and far too passive and disconnected. I am blessed to know the real Jesus Christ. The one who is the Son of God and who doesn't pansy around, but has the guts to deal with difficult situations and require obedience to His Father and mine. While He may pray for my healing and need, He would also require me to make changes in my life in an effort to keep me from the same situation again. He wouldn't want me to stay needy and sick; after all, that would not cause others to want to know Him. The Jesus the church is looking for to return is not going to be recognized by most. He will be coming for a mature church that has changed the earth, not a needy one that has disgraced His name. It's time to change!