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Christianity Run Amok

I read a sour post this morning entitled, “The Selfishness of Skipping Church.” It was written by a pastor, a young buck, and it was harsh.

There is a great line in the movie “Remember the Titans” about attitude reflecting leadership, and it makes me wonder whether the problem with church attendance lies there.

As I read, I thought that perhaps some are skipping his church because they are browbeaten at work Monday through Friday and they don’t want to be browbeaten on Sunday, too.

He said skippers are selfish because they aren’t serving. Sometimes I skip so that I can serve. As a female in a Baptist church, I wasn’t allowed to use my gifts for the benefit of the church.  I was relegated to the pews Sunday after Sunday, giving audience to those who had far less Bible knowledge and far less leadership training but far more testosterone.

So I’d get antsy and skip. I’d find the bright places, where boom bands are playing.

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Who wants to be called a selfish sinner in church when they can be out on the streets of Detroit offering a plate of food and a few minutes of conversation and dignity to a homeless man?

My grandma used to say, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

Yes you do, young buck, yes you do.

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16 thoughts on “Christianity Run Amok

  1. I don’t know if this is a bible verse or one of my mothers wise words…”Seating in front pews with wicked in heart, doesn’t do you or anyone any good”…As I’m not a Christians but I try to follow Jesus teaching.

    I’m revisiting some blogs I had just recently visited.
    Coffee is on

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  2. theancients says:

    The Word of God is called ” our daily bread”… The Lord Jesus is the “bread” of life. The Lord told Peter – if you love Me, “feed” My sheep.
    Ministers of the Word are supposed to be under-shepherds of the Good Shepherd, they’re supposed to feed His sheep, not beat them down.

    As you’ve stated above, many are browbeaten at work [and in other areas of life]; one should expect to be fed with living bread while at church- and not to be browbeaten for real or perceived failures.

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    • Beautifully said. I love that image of feeding living bread to hungry souls.

      It reminds me of what Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

      Church ought to humbly serve the gentle Bread of Life, not hit people over the head with a hard, stale, crusty baguette.

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  3. David says:

    Jesus is God, God wrote the Bible, The Bible says women are not to be heads of the church or over men.

    Of course you don’t believe this because you do not believe in inerrancy (which is wrong on your part). That being said, do you reject all of the Pauline Epistles? Do you only believe the Red Letters?

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    • I don’t reject Paul’s letters, there is some really good stuff in his letter to the Romans. I just see glaring errors in the way portions of them have been recorded and/or translated and in the way they continue to be taught. They have been, and in some denominations continue to be, taught in a way that plays right into the schemes of the enemy. Beginning in the garden, that enemy has endeavored to divide and conquer what God joined together. The teaching that you and so many others promulgate with regard to women plays right into his crafty hands.

      I don’t expect you to understand what I just wrote, it requires too many layers of understanding to grasp in one sitting.

      Years ago I got on my knees and asked God to explain it to me and He did. He laid it all out for me. It took me a couple of weeks to examine all the Scriptures He took me to, and to write it all down. It took me another couple of months to put it into a Bible study format.

      It might be time to publish it – imperfect and flawed by these human hands that it is.

      I’m taking the last word. It’s time to start thinking about dinner for my family.

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