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 LSB “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, laying aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary, fainting in heart.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 LSB “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?16 Or what agreement has a sanctuary of God with idols? For we are a sanctuary of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.17 Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean, And 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 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness 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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