Selling a fake God
It seems that the more we understand scripture, it would appear that we as the church are, at times, presenting to our congregations a God who is not real. A God who, if you simply show up on Sunday morning, you will understand and experience him. We have become so prone to “selling” this God in our American churches that people can buy into him like a mainstream entertainment event; wearing t-shirts and bringing their friends, as if they were going to a rock concert. But God is not a rock idol at a weekend concert. He is eternal. Take a look at how people fell to their knees in reverent worship before the eternal God in the pages of the Bible. They worshiped in holy fear of God. Today we show up to our morning Worship Service, clap our hands, sit through announcements, listen to a message that really pumps us up, and then go back to our lives.
It seems that our worship of God has become nothing more than a pre-fabricated product. Most of the songs we sing in our churches are sold to us by the beloved Nashville Christian Music Industry, where writers are forced into rooms to write the next hit song to sell to the church. Some of the CRAP that is sold is unbelievable, but somehow if EMI, Integrity, or any other well-recognized label puts their stamp on it, it is great for the church. We are engaging in worship that was written solely for the purpose of being sold to the masses.
We need to realize that worshiping God is something we will do beyond our life on this earth. It is time to take it seriously. It seems that worshiping him involves so much more than what we experience today. The bible clearly says that worship is something that takes place throughout eternity.
Take a minute to think about that. Worship is an eternal thing.
Today’s church culture tends to put more emphasis on how great our church, is instead of how great our God is. When is this going to stop? “My church…My church…”…instead it should be “Jesus…”! Jesus didn’t invade our world as a baby, live a sinless life, die a torturous death, and rise again three days later so that we could talk about how great our churches are.
Jesus came for a relationship with people, and so that we could experience a more abundant life in him. If you embody that truth in the way you live, people will want to come to know him. Begin to get excited about Jesus, and maybe instead of having buildings full of church spectators, we will begin to see people transform into passionate followers of Christ.
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