I was reading where the slogan for the generation is, “If it feels good, do it!” Immediately I thought this statement was dated. Maybe a few years ago this was true. I’m inclined to think it has changed to “Free To Be Me!”
Now I realize the foundational emotion is the same. People want to be themselves, do their own thing and the rest of society just needs to get a grip and deal with it! Problem is a vast majority of these people still fall into classified groups. This is true whether they like it or not. Decent vs. Indecent, Saved & Unsaved, Natural, Worldly Christian or Spiritual Christian.
People do things because they want to be different. Being different means getting noticed. Even if getting noticed is for the wrong reason, hence students going to school to kill and maim. Scores of other examples can be given. Sagging pants, spiked hair, fluorescent hair colors, multiple piercings, tattoo body canvass and so on. Not a judgment here. Just an observation.
Of course people do good things to get noticed. For instance, any one remember True Love Waits? Pledges were made and time proved the pledges were likely motivated by reasons that were not good. On and on the list can be enlarged. Being a church deacon, 25 year perfect attendance pin for Sunday School, and so on.
Now for the crust of the matter. As a Spiritual Christian, who by definition has received Jesus Christ as their Savior who is led predominantly by the Holy Spirit, we can not embrace the generational slogan “Free To Be Me.”
The life of a Spiritual Christian is not his to live but for Christ to live in and through him. Holy Spirit led. Holy Spirit enabled. Holy Spirit controlled. God-honored lifestyle is our reasonable act of worship to God.
Churches are grabbing at whatever their natural minds think might work to add numbers to the congregation. Pep rally services. Feel good about yourselves preaching. In many cases they get the increased numbers because people don’t have to confront their sin and don’t feel challenged to live for Jesus.
I shall state a renewed conviction. The reason many churches do not grow is because of ‘Worldly Christians.‘ By definition a Worldly Christian is one who has received Jesus as Savior yet does not let the Holy Spirit be the predominant controlling, guiding force in his life. The are led of the flesh. They make decisions based on mental intellect alone.
Because the Worldly Christian is following the way of the world more than of God, they naturally follow a path away from God. You will find many of these worldly Christians serving in the church as pastors and deacons! Is your pastor a Christian following the way of the world? Is your church being controlled by men we call deacons who are not spiritually driven but worldly fleshly motivated?
Wonder what would happen if pastors and deacons led according to the Holy Spirit and did church according to the Gospels and Book of Acts? Add the Epistles and watch God work. Would we lose people? Most likely. Would we honor God to do church His way? Yes! Then do you think God would bless? Praise The Lord Yes!
Until next time,