There are two things that bother me when I consider the church today. These were brought to mind yesterday in a sermon.
The first was sparked by Romans 8:17 where Paul tells the believers there that they should expect suffering because Christ suffered. Where is the suffering in the body of Christ today? Overseas somewhere, but not in America.
Now, I know that America was founded as a Christian nation, and that many will claim persecution when they’re not able to pray at their high school graduation, etc., but that’s not suffering.
In the early church people were being used as human torches. They were being used as lion chow. There is a big difference between giving your life for your faith and having a slab of the Ten Commandments taken out of a court house.
Here’s the question: Is the reason that we aren’t seeing real persecution because we aren’t evidencing real Christianity?
Why is it that any unsaved person would ever want to step inside a church? Since a church, by definition, seeks to help the believer on his progress to becoming holy, and therefore has a list of do’s and don’ts a mile long (so it seems), why would someone go there?
In the New Testament time the pagans were said to have commented about the Christians of that time: “See how they love one another, how they are willing to die for one another.”
Today, we have a hard time getting members out for a church workday, getting people to come back Sunday night (if you still have services, that is) or coming back to prayer meeting. People use Sunday as a travel day, and there really is little connection between believers in the same church.
Here’s the question: If we truly had the kind of love that is willing to die for another believer, what would be different in our lives?