Today’s post has been a long time coming. I felt the need to address this issue more so recently because of they way life seems to be going and the way the “church” seems to be going. I felt it in my spirit to talk about the weak state of the church.
Real quick lets get a good picture of both creatures. The Lion signifies strength, leadership, King, brave, etc. The Lamb signifies vulnerability, meekness, childlike, innocence, etc.
The church today is very much so the lamb but in the wrong place. We’ve become push overs and complacent when it comes to the Word of God. We’ve done exactly what the Word told us NOT to do- CONFORM TO THE WORLD. I cannot count how many times I’ve seen “leaders” manipulate the Word to fit their audience ( because lets be real- church has become a routine show) Rarely… Rarely will you hear preaching against sin. You certainly will hear “its your season”.. ” your breakthrough is here”. Its a constant message of hope but hope that is drowning in sin.
Christians have become such punks. (not being mean but it’s the word that best describes our current state) No one wants to preach against, fornication, idolatry, homosexuality, adultery, drunkenness, thieves, liars etc. The church now tip toes around sin in an effort not to offend. We want so much to be liked and loved and to be in the spot light. Mega churches, T.V shows, and Awards etc. We want to be accepted and accept the very things we were instructed to flee from. Just because you stand against sin does not mean that you hate people, on the contrary it mean that you love. Likewise, just because you are passive about sin doesn’t mean its acceptable.
The scripture that brought me to this whole point is from 1 Samuel 17:26- “… Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” David then went on to face Goliath and said to him in verses 45 & 46- ” …You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies- the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today, the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head.”
Do you understand what happened there??!!! If David was alive today he would ask who is this (adulterer, idolater, homosexual, fornicator, liar) that dare (bully) the (body of Christ that is the church) of the living God? You come to me with (threats against my life, my family, my faith etc) but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies- the God of the armies of (Christ’s body) whom you have (bullied and threatened). Today I will conquer you, and I will (destroy the sin that plagues you and the church).
Today’s church has completely forgotten whom it is that we serve. We have lost all understanding of God Almighty, creator of all things above the earth, on the earth and underneath the earth. Ruler of all the universe. Alpha and Omega. We have lost sight of who he is therefore we have lost all power. David showed no fear of Goliath not because he had skills but because he KNEW WHO GOD WAS!! Today’s church fears what man will say and how they will treat us. ( For the Word says that God did not create us with the spirit of fear- 2 Timothy 1:7, secondly Christ already told us that because we follow him [CHRIST-ians] the world will hate us. But that it’s okay because they first hated him and we don’t have to worry about that really because he has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
I wish so much that Christians would stand firm on Christ Jesus. That we would be as the Lion of Judah- brave, strong, leading in words and action etc. Where are the Lion Heart disciples??? Who will stand for God? There is so much bickering within the church. We come against one another either with total hatred and hardened hearts or we pacify and encourage continuation of sin. When Christ taught the tax collectors, prostitutes, and gentiles etc it was not with hatred but with love, he did not accept their sins but he offered a way of it. Christ did not conform to the life of a sinner in order win them over. He stood on the truth, holiness and the power of the Word of God. He spoke the spirit of a man and loved them to life. (Life= salvation through Christ Jesus and out of sin which is death) He was bold and powerful because of the power of God within him. And the Word tells us that we have that same power within us. (Romans 8:11)
I pray that the church wakes up soon and acts accordingly. It would be the saddest thing ever to have Christ return for his church and find us in complete ruins. Everyone is on this “Love All” wave. Well, God is love and God disciplines those whom he loves. If we are to love as God loves, then we have no excuse to keep on being punks about rebuking sin, of any kind. Call it out and stand firm on the truth.
Love Ya to Peace,