Come Back, Church

For the last few days, my social media has been overrun with the little miss character. After a few weeks of enduring this little craze, it will likely be on to the next thing. The next pointless, no one will remember thing.

Social media is a good tool for staying connected, but it also exposes how short our attention spans have supposedly become and how easily we are pulled into nonsense. I often hear church leaders say people can’t handle more than a thirty to forty-five-minute message. Yet we can binge-watch ten episodes in a series in one sitting and have no problem sitting spellbound during a two-hour movie. It’s not about what people can endure but what people desire.

Social media has become a distraction for many. And the church has been sucked into using the gimmicks of the world to attract attention.

Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 ESV “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”

We are entertaining ourselves to spiritual death. It’s time for Jesus to be enough for us Christians again. I am weary of seeing worship in pitch-black sanctuaries when our Bibles say that Heaven is full of light. I am tired of worship teams that imitate the world in their sound and in their dress. I’m not saying we have to be fuddy-duddies, but it is so apparent that we have begun chasing fleeting success the way the world defines it. We build our churches to the specified likes of the world. What they have won’t save them, so why are we recreating it in the church?

My heart cries with the Scripture, come out from among them and be separate. It is time to cast off pragmatism and come to the altar with a broken heart and say awaken us to holiness, Lord, awaken us to the beauty of the Son of God. It’s time we return to our first love.

What they have won’t save them, so why are we recreating it in the church?

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