Sometimes I want to break up with people in the Church...
Sometimes I want to break up with people in the Church. I want to say…It’s not me, it’s you. But that’s not what God wants.
In Psalm 139:23-24, David models for us a way forward. He begins with me.
Not you. Me. Not him or her. Me. Not that group of people. Me. Not that political party. Me.
He wrote this: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
LONG POST ALERT FOR ONLY CHRISTIANS:
In a gotcha culture that loves to point fingers and tweet blame, I think humbling ourselves before God and our closest friends with this little phrase “point out anything in ME that offends you” is the starting point on the path to healing. This takes guts, especially when it comes to complex and controversial issues such as racism, justice and dare I say it…politics.
If we all asked God to search our hearts, and truly meant it, we would be crushed under the weight of beautiful grace He extends to our ongoing wickedness. If we listened long enough to hear His voice, we would be overwhelmed by how much we personally offend Him and how much He’s forgiven us from…that we wouldn’t have time to point out their “sins” of those who offend us.
As intelligent Christians, are we still so dull? We are playing right into the hands of the enemy of our souls by participating in the divisiveness of his schemes. Satan’s strategy = Deceive. Distract. Distort. Divide. Destroy. This is his eternal plan for us, our families, our churches and our world. We need to WAKE UP and realize that Satan is using us (yes, Christians) as pawns in these dark times in our land.
Satan’s hate does not discriminate. Satan is pitting us against each other to sow seeds of hatred inside Jesus’ Church. Satan is the master of disguising beautiful diversity with bigoted dissension. This leads to a distorted gospel that the world doesn’t want. His goal is to destroy the Church, but I want to remind you today that the gates of hell will not prevail.
With God’s help, we must stop this crap and rise up to who God has called us to be in Christ. We must take our places as sons and daughters of God. During these complex and controversial times, I believe God is searching for bold men and women who have the guts to start at Psalm 139:23-24 and stay there a while before we speak, post and act. We are supposed to be marked by our love for each other, and when there is stupid in-fighting, finger pointing and blame shifting in the Church, we don’t realize that the reputation of Jesus and his corporate Church is being deeply marred by our personal “right” to say or post whatever we want.
I believe, now more than ever, that the Church (you and me) must rise above the Satan-pleasing cultural divisions by willingly coming under the Lordship of Jesus and mutually lifting each other up under the banner of love. Just because we have the national and personal “right” say whatever we want doesn’t always mean it is wise. We are citizens of a higher nation…the Kingdom of God. We are always better when “me” submits to “we” as the body of Christ.
May our corporate prayer be that each of us will be led in the way of everlasting. That can only happen if we begin by allowing God to search our hearts and point out anything that offends Him. After we do that, feel free to cast the first stone.
Originally written on July 3, 2020