OK I know this dog has been hunted a bazillion times but I reckon it’s my turn. I am sick to death of Christians being politically correct
We have allowed society to dictate our religious views to the point where we’re scared to place a big fat label on sin. We proudly display and wear the badge of Christian on our sleeves yet I don’t think we honestly know what that word even means anymore. Well I’m a youth minister so I’m gonna explain it to ya like I’d tell a youngster cause obviously we ain’t getting it. To be a Christian means to be Christlike. And what was Jesus’ response to sin and hypocrisy? Or I pose a better question, what was Jesus’ response to sin in the local church? Did He hemhaw around the subject and send his followers home feeling good about themselves? NO HE DID NOT!!!
Let’s look into the book of Matthew chapter 23 fer just a moment and see how he responded to the “religious” leaders of His time.
In verse 3 Jesus accuses the scribes and Pharisees (I’ll call them S&P from hereon) of maintaining a profession w/out a practice. (“For they say and do not”)
In verse 4 Jesus tells the folks that the S&P were unwilling to share the burden. (“they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be born,….. they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers”) How many of these TV preachers demand we do something whilst their rear ends remain firmly planted in their $2,000 dollar lazy boy?
In verse 5 Jesus challenges the S&P of having the wrong motivation fer religious service (“all their works they do to be seen of men”) So many preachers are in the business of numbers instead of service to their flocks? Their claim to fame is that they seat 10,000 folks on any given Sunday.
In verses 6-12 Jesus slammed the S&P fer only wanting recognition and prominence (“love the uppermost rooms at feasts….. “) The Bible tells us as Christians to “beware when all men speak well of you” If the world thinks you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread and peanut butter then there’s a chance you’re doing something wrong.
In verses 13-15 Jesus truthfully accuses the S&P of being complete and total hypocrites (“Woe unto you, S&P, hypocrites” three times the same accusation ) ya see, the S&P were deliberately pretending to love God. I can’t imagine what the Heavenly reward is fer talkin-the-talk, but I don’t reckon it’s a shiny crown.
Jesus held nothing back as he vocally criticized the S&P in public before the multitude as well as His disciples. And yet he did this out of a spirit of love. You see Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost, and that included the very confused and legalistic leaders of His time. And as he described the S&P I get a feeling that most of these accusations fit most “ministers” of God’s word today. Our “Christian” leadership is in it fer glory and self adulation. Church had become nothing more than a money making scheme led by hypocrites and blind guides and true Christians stand aside, we say and do nothing like the proverbial ostrich with our heads buried in the sand.
WE NEED TO STOP LETTIN SOCIETY AND FEAR OF OTHERS DICTATE WHAT WE’RE GOING TO PROCLAIM TO THE WORLD. AND THAT’S THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL AND THAT JESUS IS COMING SOON.