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Or Maybe It’s the Church’s Sins

I wasn’t going to write about the unholy trinity this week because I’ve been feeling kinda’ lazy. But then, just before I left for church this morning, I saw another “Why You Should Be in Church” post. This one posited that perhaps the reason “you” aren’t in church has to do with your sins.

Or the church’s sins, was my first thought.

And then, for the whole twenty minute ride, I kept thinking. Out loud. The hub didn’t mind.

So now I’m writing after all, but I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Revelation 13 opens with the defeated dragon standing on the sea shore, contemplating his recent failures. His failure to destroy the woman and his failure to destroy her offspring. He needs a new plan and he needs a couple of recruits.

A beast arises from the sea. A Jesus-wannabe. It has a fake fatal wound on one of its heads and that fake wound is fake healed. Everyone is in awe of it. People start to worship the dragon because of it. The beast imprisons some of God’s people, it kills others.

A second beast – another cheap imitation of Jesus – comes out of the earth looking like a lamb. It acts more like an unholy prophet.

These two beasts gain political power through intimidation and economic sanctions. One requires everyone to get a tattoo on his or her forehead or right hand in order to participate in commerce.  They use spiritual deception.

And here’s the part I was telling the hub: The second beast – the unholy prophet – made the inhabitants of the earth worship the first beast – the one who faked a resurrection.

Forced worship. Spiritual intimidation. Guilt trips. That’s the m.o. of the beast.

It’s not God’s m.o.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,” Jesus said, “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.”

Perhaps some aren’t going to church because they find no rest there.

To the experts in the law Jesus said, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.”

Perhaps some aren’t going to church because church just piles on. Or because it feels smug. Or because the Spirit just isn’t there.

I was not going to a church like that. To a church that was just playing church.

But I’ve found a new church. One where Jesus bids me to come and learn from Him. Gentle, humble-in-heart Him.


6 thoughts on “Or Maybe It’s the Church’s Sins

  1. What you describe is so very unfortunate, and I have to wonder, regretfully, how much of that I have been party to. At the same time, for those believers who really are intent on being disciples, it is important to embrace His mandate to maintain “assembling together”, asking and listening as to where He wants to fit me in to His community.

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    • Good Morning Dawn, I agree with your however, however, “assembling together” was not mandated by Jesus or His Father (that I can remember). It was the writer of Hebrews who said it. Why? Because when we assemble together we see what others are doing for “the least of these” and we are inspired toward love and good deeds of our own. And I agree that that is important. Because it is our job to love.

      It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, not ours. And thank God for that because the Spirit can be trusted with right motives and methods, we cannot. I feel a post coming on…

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  2. I’ ve never thought of it the way you described. You’re really on to something. I have been contemplating write a post on Which Church? because the constant push to go to Church negates the fact that the person pushing thinks only a few churches are acceptable places of worship. So, to me, it’s just campaigning for numbers rather than real spiritual growth.

    Cheers, Ufuoma

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Let me know if you write that post because I’d like to read it.

      I don’t think it really works to push people to go to church. Sure, the Spirit can still speak to them even if they are there under duress, but He can speak to them anywhere. It’s so much better to pray for the person/people you’d like to see at church and allow Jesus and His Holy Spirit to draw them. Drawn from within rather than pushed from without. So much gentler and more beautiful.

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