We live in a world of fast food, microwave dinners, instant coffee, and convenience shops. Our viewing habits require fast-action, quick moving stories with short plot lines. Our minds are occupied with video games that create increased heart rates, eye-strain, and mind-flashing visions. Our communication is lightning fast through data over a fiber optic line that gets there in seconds rather than two day mail delivery. And we wonder why our anxiety level is so high.
The point is that everything we do today requires quicker action and faster pace. It takes more stimulation to get our attention and keep us entertained. That’s a reason why the old traditional church experience is not enough to keep us occupied.
Some modern churches have become something different than their traditional predecessors. Today they are more a social gathering, forcing emotional stimulation, and providing entertaining activities rather than deep Bible study. The praise and worship service is the same experience as that of a rock concert. While they think they teach Bible truths, the scripture used is craftily sifted and carefully delivered as not offend. The result is an entertaining palatable message that becomes watered-down in order to keep the seats filled and the people engaged.
Jesus preached the message of hope, the message of salvation, the message of grace. However, He offered those things by asking for something from us. His job was to become our sacrifice by carrying our sin on the cross. Our job is to forsake our sin and let Him live through us. His shed blood paid the price for us to have forgiveness in repentance. But two words have left the modern church — sin and blood.
Even in Albany, some churches resist talking about sin. They don’t want dividing walls that make people uncomfortable. The message in return is a watered-down message without the deep intention and lacking accountability. The result is a surface Christianity that is steeped in gifts, joy, freedom, and license without regard for law. The message of grace that Jesus taught included a repentance and resistance to sin that enabled us to practice the law and principles without guilt.
The problem is that the modern church is taught that life in Jesus is a life of bliss, having no complications, no problems, and no judgment as long as we all get along in a social setting. When trials come, the church is weak. That is because the character of those living for blessings have little testing to build their character. So when trials come, they wander away, thinking they have done something wrong.
Jesus says we will face tribulation. He told us we will be hated for His sake. And we are reminded that trials bring patience and build our faith. But a church that has avoided the reason why we need a Savior will not appreciate it when hit with trials that cannot be understood. Jesus didn’t promise we would not go through things, He promised that He would equip us when we face those trials.
We were not saved from bad times. The Bible says the rain falls on the righteous as much as the unrighteous. We have been saved from unsureness during bad times. And that only when our foundation is build on solid rock.
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