A Message to the American Church

Friday, July 22, 2016

Today I woke up and pondered about what I should write today's devotional on. I sat for a while, opened my Bible, and just let the Lord guide me in where He wanted me to go. 


He just wasn't taking me anywhere - so I took a break, checked Facebook and suddenly just felt the urge to post something about the fabricated state of the American church. It was like a fire in me that I could not put out....

"If I say, 'I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,' there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot." (Jeremiah 20:9)

So I wrote a super long status - I posted it. And in reading it back, I thought, "Maybe this is what I should share as today's devotional." So here it is... 

The American church saddens me. There are so many countries around the world that don't give their people the freedom and ability to preach the gospel, mention the name of Jesus and simply own a church without the consequence of being jailed and sometimes even put to death. We'd be surprised how common this is globally. Yet I've seen countless examples of people who have less in other countries encounter Christ in a way I have never seen occur in America before. Put down the fancy Bible translations, set aside the pastoral books, turn off the televangelist shows + get alone with GOD. It is typically those who have less that experience the Lord the most tangibly.

The church in this country is so corrupt and false. It is all about prosperity and "name it, claim it." It is starting to become a fake, watered-down, sugar-coated gospel that consists of the very doctrines Jesus exposed when He walked this earth. We have the amazing platform in this nation right now to show people the real Jesus Christ and how His love can change a person forever. And instead we dip our noses into petty politics and expect to show people God through uncalled judgement towards others + puffed up self-righteousness we have within ourselves. Well, stop, Church. Start getting real - share your weaknesses, share your story, show people you're a messed up human just like everyone else. Show people Christianity isn't a faith and lifestyle of hate, but one of peace and love. 

Stop debating with people about things like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton... stop debating people about gay marriage, abortion + the death penalty. Yeah, those things are important and you can find ways to witness within those discussions. But stop getting into quarrels with people about things that just don't mean anything. They paint a negative and false picture of Christianity and it is becoming the downfall of the Church in America. Because if you're expecting to find gospel and Christ in those politically swayed conversations, you're not going to find Him. 

To my Christian brothers and sisters, I encourage you to preach the straight up gospel and nothing else. Read your Bible and preach what it says written on those pages in RED and NOTHING ELSE. Take out the man-made fabricated words, take away the facade - preach Jesus. Preach...that He is God. That He died on the cross for our sins and paid the price we should have paid but could not. Talk about how there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven by which men can be saved. Talk about how His love is transforming, life-changing + uplifting. Talk about sin + the importance of repentance in Christ. 

But, still, talk about the amazing LOVE of our AMAZING God. Encourage ALL PEOPLE with His love, forgiveness and accepting arms. Discuss the things people NEED TO HEAR. Look at what the disciples preached when Jesus ascended - they preached nothing else but Jesus, His sacrifice, the price He paid and the eternal life He offered. Never stray from talking about those things - never. And while you're at it, never take for granted the ability we have in this country to OPENLY talk about our Savior. There will come a day when that may be no more...

Yes, this may sound a little harsh and a bit crazy. But it's true. We, as His bride, body and children have an obligation to speak for Him, represent Him and most importantly, be His hands and feet. Are we doing that properly? There is an answer to that question and it can be found within the pages of our Bible, particularly the Gospels. We need to study the discipleship of Christ and His apostles and follow their lead. 

Preach Christ. Preach the cross. Preach salvation. Preach LOVE. 

Most of our devotionals here at Whole are less instructional and more informative but I believe this is a motivating message that all the church needs to hear.

Listen to Paul: "And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come preaching to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my messages were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

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