From John Yeats and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
“Can we do church the way we always have and expect different results? Do we actually think being Sunday observers of church can actually impact this culture for Christ? Is there something far more radical that God has in mind for His people?
Has the minutia of the American church life so preoccupied our time that we are missing God’s kingdom purpose? Mike Minter thinks so. He writes in A Western Jesus: the Wayward Americanization of Christ and the Church (B&H Publishing, Nashville, 2007), “Conversation in the foyer after the service has more to do with the 12:30 p.m. kickoff than the sermon. People are leaving [church] just as they came in. What about the lost who should have fallen on their faces and said, “God is really among you (1 Cor. 14:25)? Where was the powerful testifying that you read about in 1 Thess. 1:8-9 regarding the great faith of the believers? Why was the meeting over so quickly? Where was the participation of the body and their gifts? Where was the prayer meeting like what you read about in Acts 12? The seriousness of the gospel you had become familiar with in the New Testament is somehow lacking. There is more of a cavalier attitude and a general sense of a temporal focus. Life went on as usual. “These aren’t pilgrims,” you say to yourself, “they’re tourists.”
Ouch! Minter uses his words like a physician poking around on your body and asking, “Does that hurt?” For someone passionate about the things of God, these kinds of probing questions cause us to recognize that individual believers and churches cannot possibly continue to prop up the status quo and expect different results.
If we are to experience a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit in our lifetime, something must change and that something is “us.” How can we possibly see God move in spiritual power through His people for the purpose of reforming a culture, until we say “no!” to the compelling urgencies we experience, humble ourselves, repent of our sins and seek His cleansing.
Why should we interrupt our current lifestyle patterns and seek the Lord?”
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