Is Your Church A Mirage? Part 3

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

When I speak at churches I always ask them if they believe Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. I have never had anyone say no. On the contrary they agree wholeheartedly that He is. I ask them if it is true that people of all ages, young and old, followed Jesus for days at a time, forsaking food, and shelter.

They stood in the blazing sun or sat on rocky terrain. They followed Jesus everywhere and hung on His every word. Is this also true? Again they agree. I then ask them if Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and people indeed followed Him everywhere to hang on His every word, how come 2000 years later we can’t get a teenager to come to church for one hour?

It’s not Jesus. It’s the way we, the “Church” presents Him.

Jesus loved people and had compassion on them. We, the “Church” judge people and condemn them.

People came to Jesus to find healing and refuge.

I want to paint a word picture for you as Jesus did so often when He spoke in parables;

Imagine you are in a beautiful tropical island and you decide to charter a diving boat and you head out to sea. You sit back and enjoy the 2 hour ride out to the reef you’ve heard so much about. You get all your gear on and drop in. The underwater paradise is breath taking the colors ,the exotic fish, before only seen in the movies. You are down for a while and decide it’s time to surface.  As you break the waters surface you find…nothing. The boat is gone, not even a dot on the horizon. You panic but you tell yourself they’ll be back. They wouldn’t just leave you here.

Hours pass and no sign of a boat. The clouds darken and the sea becomes rough. You heard that storms come out of no where at sea. The waves crash over you, choking you. You struggle to stay afloat. You grow so tired, so thirsty. You don’t know how much longer you can tread water. Was that something brushing against your leg? You fear there are sharks lurking just below the surface.

Every muscle in your body is numb from constant movement. It’s almost dark you can’t hold on any…WAIT! is that a boat? You squint hard. Yes it’s a life boat, praise the Lord you are saved. As it comes near, you use every bit of energy you can muster to push yourself toward the life boat. You finally reach the lifeboat and grab the side. You can barely pull yourself up. Finally you manage one last burst of adrenalin and hoist your aching body up. As you are about to thrust yourself into the safety of the boat you realize the lifeboat is filled with scorpians, vipers, rattlesnakes, and other poisonous snakes.

Would you fall into the boat or push yourself back into the water and take your chances in the raging sea? Treading water until you just gave up and slipped under.

Sadly the “Church in America” has become a lifeboat filled with venomous backbiters and judgmental hypocrites. People would rather take their chances in the world. They find love and acceptance at the corner bar. People laugh with them and cry with them. The bar tender listens to their problems with a sympathetic ear.

Why is it that the corner bar is more inviting than the local church? Why does the corner bar seem more like a family than the Family of God?

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Comments
  1. mrineer says:

    I my self have tread water and thought the world was better, the “life boat” was not at all appetizing. If I had not had a few significant influences in my life I have no idea where I would be right now.

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