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Our Churches are Broken

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I was riding home from church tonight and I looked over at Brandy and said, “I know this is going to sound stupid, but I think I want to be the pastor of a church.” In a way that only Brandy can answer, she asked “Why?” I knew in my heart that the statement was made in gest, but as I laid out for Brandy my reasons why, it became painfully clear that I may have stumbled upon God’s will. The reality is that our churches are broken, and I think God is calling me to fix them (or it).

The reality is that our churches are broken…

First, our churches today are focused on the weekly sermon and a man (or woman) standing behind a pulpit speaking to a group of people. No one really wants to be there. I can’t remember the last time I heard a truly unique message on a Sunday morning.  Church on Sunday morning is treated like an item on our to do list and not an opportunity to participate in a worship experience.

In addition to the lack of ingenuity in our Sunday worship services, I believe that we have lost the love that Jesus shared in the Gospels.  As much as I’d like to think that we all love each other in our churches, the reality is that the majority of us wear masks and we treat church like a social gathering. The cool kids sit in one section of the church, and the not so cool kids sit in another.

I believe that we have lost the love that Jesus shared in the Gospels.

But more importantly than the previous two reasons, we have forgotten who Jesus was. We have deified Jesus to a level that borders on insanity. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not questioning the deification of Jesus. I am challenging the lack of attention paid to the humanity of Jesus. I think that we as a body of believers can learn so much from the loneliness of the human Jesus (Mark 14:34), his tiredness (John 4:6), and his anger (Mark 3:5). A recent YouTube video went viral, towards the conclusion of the video the poet asked, “But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let him in?”

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Written by theheadcoachmanager

February 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm