Litter Pan Theology

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

To say that I frequently have visitors over to my house, would be an understatement. We literally have guests over everyday. If you are like me, you want to have a clean, inviting home, when friends arrive.

To maintain this standard, my wife and I literally have to clean everyday. Every night when our visitors leave, we have games to put away, little ones to clean up after, toys to put away, dishes to wash, floors to sweep, carpets to vacuum, the list goes on. All of this in preparation for the next day’s visitors.

What if I did all this cleaning, but left my cat’s dirty litter pan in the middle of my living room? What if I failed to empty it for weeks? What if I simply dusted the furniture and vacuumed around it? Would you notice my clean dining room? What if I invited you in and acted like the filthy, stinking, eye watering litter pan was not even there?

You’d wonder why I was worried about dusting my nic nacs while ignoring the most obvious thing that needed to be dealt with. I could spend hours on “routine” maintenance issues around my house, but until I deal with that big pile of stinky cat poo, none of it will matter.

Many professing Christ following, church goers practice Litter Pan Theology. They come to church each week, sing some songs, throw a few bucks in the offering, listen to a good sermon and go home. Meanwhile they have a major issue in their life they neglect. Things only they know about. They play the game, do a few little religious things and skirt the real issue. They dust around the edges, wash the windows, look around and say perfect. All the while they have this big crap filled litter pan in the middle of their life and completely ignore it.

Dump the pan
What they need to do is dump the litter pan. Get rid of the steaming pile of crap. If they refuse to deal with this issue they are wasting their time coming to church. A filthy litter pan overpowers everything else in your life. Just like a burning cat urine smell permeates everything in your home, a sin issue you refuse to deal with taints everything you do. You will be ineffective in your walk and in your ability to hear from God.

If you don’t deal with the issue of sin, you put it ahead of God. Anything you put ahead of God, becomes your god. Don’t worship a litter pan.

He who conceals his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

  1. mitchteemley says:

    “Get rid of the steaming pile of crap.” Trying to remember where that verse is from. ;>) Amen, btw.

  2. regener8ted says:

    Thank you sir for the feedback.

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