A few days back I posted this on FaceBook: “Churches that want to make an impact but refuse to say anything about the relevant issues in culture today (homosexuality, abortion, Black Lives Matters, American Economics) and how the Gospel should shape the discussion of those issues as well as how the Gospel should affect each of those issues. #NoImpact #ImpotentGospel #ImpotentChurch #FearofMan#GodCanHaveMySundayButNotMyLife“
And I believe that to be the truth. There are many churches today who want to make an impact in the world. But what does that even mean? I have no idea, honestly, but it often seems like making an impact means getting a few thousand people in your pews, telling them how awesome they are, telling them what would help is listening to Jesus as well, and then leaving them feeling good about themselves. You do this mostly with a great band, lights, good sound, and a 20 minute sermon that amounts to a topic that throws some random verses in the sermon. Of course, you end with a call to come to the front so they can give their lives to Jesus. This is suppose to be cultural impact…. Except it’s not.
There is little fruit from these churches usually, and what they call fruit is really just numbers. The number of people who “prayed the prayer,” the number of fed families, the number of meals made, the number of items given, the number of countries they’re helping, the number of kids they’re helping, and the amount of money they’re giving. Of course this all are great things, but many non-believers do these same things. And the church will say, “It’s not about the numbers, because those numbers represent a person,” and I just want to say, yea right. It’s not about the number but here are the numbers. Sounds kind of like it’s about the numbers.
And of course all you hear are the good stories. What about what happens to those within the church? The people who are so dedicated to “the ministry” their families are destroyed? What about the people who are given food, and are helped, and yet don’t care for Christ? What about the members who are starving within the congregation, but they are told they just need to give more? What about the members who are having marriage troubles, and no one ever calls back or follows up? What about the children who’s families are being torn apart? What about the lives of the congregation? What about the members who want to learn more about the Bible and the pastor says it’s not his job to feed them? What about the spiritual abuse of a mother who is told that her wanting to stop volunteering would be her listening to Satan?
If fruit is merely the amount of money the church gives then I don’t know what kind of Christianity is being followed, but it’s not Biblical.
If giving money is fruit, and yet a changed marriage or family or life that loves God more than anything isn’t fruit, then that ain’t a church, its a non-profit that suckers in Christians to give to it.
I’ve seen lives destroyed by churches who care more about the numbers than actually doing as Jesus said and confronting the culture and teaching the truth. And it’s a sick little pony show.
But, judgement starts in God’s house, and possibly soon those houses will be quickly destroyed. I pray people will come out of it and wake up and repent rather than they be destroyed.