Sep. 4, 2019

The Heart of the Matter

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” 1 John 3:17

I am going to admit something to you. I don’t consider my ministry to be directed at church people. As I prayed today and admitted to my Lord that I don’t really like most church people, I laughed. Most of my friends are church people! God revealed to me that I do not respect or care for automated people who say or do something simply because they learned it at church. I’m not interested in churches that do not allow free thinkers and refuse to respond to difficult questions. Pat answers are putting Jesus out of business. People need the Lord. They don’t need church policy.

I’ve spent my life around people, yes, church people, who say one thing but behave totally different in the world. The world needs authentic Christians. What they don’t need is more church people. How can I say that considering church attendance has drastically declined and continues to fall? Because going to church doesn’t make you a Christian. It makes you a church person and I don’t like you.  Just kidding. I think.

I’m sure most of you could care less whether I like you. I don’t blame you. My opinion doesn’t matter. God’s does. But, guess what? How the world sees you DOES matter if you plan on being used by God to reach the world. Maybe the world is too big of a mission field. I’m burned out trying to change the world. I’m burned out trying to reason with church people. Even Christ failed to reach some. People who don’t want to change don’t change. Period.

Here is what confuses those who think like me and those I try to reach:

First, church people say they want stricter laws to outlaw abortion. Then, they say they want new laws to clarify that marriage is between one man and one woman. Then, 81% of church people elected a President that has been married three times and has had countless affairs in between and during his marriages. But church people say they didn’t pick him for his morality. So, which is it, church people? You want to define marriage? Or marriage isn’t sacred if you have R after your name? And, which is it – you want to save the unborn, but really don’t care about the needs of the already-born if they don’t abide by your rules?

The church people’s stand on guns, including automatic rifles, is baffling. Church people say, “Trust in Jesus,” while they also say, “we need to arm ourselves just in case.” Does this even make sense to you? Perhaps these types of convictions appear hypocritical to those of us not impresssed by church people dependent on guns? At what point do you trust Jesus? Before you purchase the first gun or after you’ve bought the 33rd?

I have a single, elderly aunt who arms herself. That’s okay. I have a friend that works on a farm and arms herself against snakes and predators attacking her herds. I get it. Trying to get a handle on guns in America doesn’t mean anyone is trying to get their hands on all guns in America. Are you even listening? Another thing I’ve noticed – most church people don’t listen unless they like what they hear.

So, to sum it up and to clarify: we need new laws to outlaw abortion; we need new laws clarifying marriage between one man and one woman (but we’re okay with multiple marriages and affairs if our leaders build walls and protect our gun rights); but we don’t want new gun laws because more laws won’t change people. The problem is the heart, right? Not the gun. The heart.

I think you are 100% correct. The problem is our hearts.