Dec. 15, 2016

It's not the same...

I've been ill the past few days so I've been laid up in bed trying to recover. Instead of focusing on my headache, body aches and other symptoms, I decided to watch some TV. My husband and I are not big TV fans. In a typical day, I would venture to say we watch less than three hours of programming.  

Over the past few days, I’ve witnessed Cover Girl's first transgender make up commercial. Apparently mascara is now "equal."  I didn't realize mascara showed a bias in the past. Who knew? 

Then, of course, there is every 14-year-old boy's introduction to porn through the Victoria's Secret fashion show. You know that's what every Christmas season needs – a little “T” and “A.” Tease and adore. (You thought I meant something else didn't you?) I realize some will debate whether it is soft-core porn or not but it does flaunt women's bodies in a less than intelligent manner. At 8:00 at night. But hey, I hear they put angel wings on the models so that must be the Christmas tie-in, right?  

How did we get here?  What caused the moral decay in our society? Here’s my take on it all: 

Many churches, especially Baptist, seem to focus on the entertainment mindset as opposed to our evangelistic mission. Looking back, it started in the early 1980’s. We began entertaining people as a way to draw them into our buildings. Lights! Camera! Action! One Southern Baptist Church in Houston is hosting a “Big Top” circus production. I guess Jesus and His Spirit can’t move anymore unless a costume is involved and someone turns flips. 

From the outside looking in, “we” (the Christians, a.k.a. Evangelical community) are not seen as warm and welcoming. We’ve staked our claim as cold-hearted separatists by taking stands against people groups believing that by doing so we’ve stood up for Christ. Uh, that would be a “no.” Our morality isn’t what will change our world. Our spiritual testimony will have the greatest impact. They’re not the same. 

Two styles of preaching seem to be taking over: “Make you feel good” or “scare the begeezers out of you by focusing on the bad.” Christians have a tendency to be all-or-none type of people. We congregate to the buildings that say what we want to hear, in the manner we want to hear it, and by the person we feel is most qualified to tell it to us.   

Attending church stopped being a part of family life once extracurricular activities, including sleeping in based on exhaustion, hijacked our families. It breaks my heart that the majority of children these days have no idea what “This little light of mine” means. 

The Bible teaches and Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  It's nobody's fault we quit seasoning or shining apart from our own desire to support our message versus spreading His. They're not the same.  

People who are moved into a salt-free diet talk about how eating isn't as enjoyable because of the blandness of the food. People who lose their sight, after seeing the beauty of light, find themselves confused and challenged in the darkness. So next time we want to lament over how the world is just not the same, we might start by looking at ourselves.  

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