I’ve noticed something lately. Most people want “Church-Lite.” In other words, they’re not interested in falling in love with Jesus and being a passionate and committed part of the Body of Christ. Instead, they want something close to the real thing, but with less demands and restrictions.
Is the church a club or a community? The truth is, most people treat it like a club. We say we want to be a part of a community, but the common idea is:
“Don’t place any restrictions on the way I live or how I act.”
“Don’t ask me to attend unless I feel like it.”
“Don’t ask me to serve, I’m only here to be served.”
“Don’t ask me to give, my money is spent on what I want.”
“Don’t say anything that might offend me, I only listen to what I like.”
That’s not church! That’s a distortion of God’s original design. At best, it’s a cheap imitation of the real thing. In reality, it’s a counterfeit (a false church), functioning merely as a club to serve its members. Until we understand that church is not about meeting our needs, our whims or our personal desires, but that it’s about reaching a world for Christ and making disciples we will never accomplish our purpose in this world.
Indeed, we have turned His cross into our couch and gotten a little too comfortable.
“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, even so we speak, NOT AS PLEASING MEN, but God who tests our hearts….1 Thes 2:4………..KA……..
awesome!what a great first read all week! finally i have wifi out here on Catalina – and now i have some encouraging words to go with it.see you soon!
how do you get people to change their mindset and what is practicalities does non-church-lite look like?–RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com