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What has happened to the "Church" today and does anyone care?

Who Cares? Has the Church spent too much energy trying to keep up with the times? When did the love of Jesus Christ become not enough?

These are just what I have seen happening in our home Churches, in our local Churches, in the Church around the corner.

Maybe you don't attend Church, or maybe you did, however you left because someone hurt your feelings.

Maybe you left because others left.

Maybe you left and you don't remember why.

Maybe the Church seemed too much like the Pharisees and the Sadducee's more interested in the Polictics or the business end of it all.

I must be honest with you....I have felt the same way and I have left because of the same reasons. Then here is what dawned on me......I also walked away from God some too. I did not mean too(at least I don't think I did)but there was a distance there and HE didn't move...it was me who did all the moving!

I started a list of things that I have seen that has been going on, still or past, and I thought if I felt that way....that maybe; just maybe someone else has felt this way. These might not be in order for me, however maybe you could add to them or maybe put them in your order......or maybe I am the only one who has felt this way?

1- We as the Church have gotten so wrapped up in our wants, in the way we think it should be, that we have left the owner; Our Heavenly Father Completely out of everything. Maybe...just maybe we are still allowing Him in the door on Sunday mornings.....we would be hard pressed to see Him in the other operations during the  week or Sunday afternoon, it is about us, it is no longer about Him. When was the last time we asked HIM what HE wanted and waited for an answer? 

2- Jesus called us to be "Fisher of Men". I am a big "Andy Griffith" fan.....I remember an episode where Andy and his son "Opie"(Ronny Howard)where fishing and Opie asked Andy "Paw what kind of bait are you using?" and Andy replied "well Opie it is a special bait"......Opie then said..."well Paw that looks like our ham sandwich" and Andy said..."well it is, don't you think those fish get tired of the same food?". Several things we can learn from that.....1- people are hungry for something real and true and what are we giving them? When we meet them, when we show them what kind of life we have now with Jesus, are they "smacking their lips" because it taste so good? 2-We repelling them away because we can not catch anything with "stinky bait" it repels.....are we not repelling? 

3- Jesus called us to Love one another....."Love Thy neighbour as you love yourself"...why aren't we doing that? Here is my point; we can not give what we do not have....in order to give love, we must love ourselves, "hurt people hurt people". We can not give what we do not have....we can try, but it will not be healthy.....it might appear to work for a little bit, but will not last. I had to learn to Love Me, before I could Love you.  

4- The Church has become a "social network" all on it's own.....roll over "Facebook". We are no longer knocking on doors, visiting others first....here is how it works in most Churches, You come visit us and fill out a card and we might get around to visiting you. That I call the "Motel 6" Ministry, we will leave the light on for you. Folks don't care how much we know, they want to know how much we care. So who does care?

5- The Church needs to go back to the dance with the ONE who brought us.....Jesus Christ. We have taken our eyes, our hearts off of Him. We need to start back to the beginning in Prayer.....again we are always Telling Jesus what we want, what we need, when was the last time we asked HIM to show us what He wants? When was the last time you and I and our Church had a "Come to Jesus Meeting"?

6- We claim to have a Passion for Jesus.....we claim to have that Heart.....but we do not have the compassion of Jesus Christ for others......that Heart of Christ is a "All or Nothing" Heart.......we must learn to have compassion, no better place to learn than to ask HIM to show us.....and then Listen. All across America there are folks who are roaming the streets because they don't have a place to lay their heads.....and I know what you might bge saying "they have done this to themselves" and some might have.....but when was the last time we cared? When did we become the Judge and the Jury? What if one person help one person, maybe with just with a meal?

7- When did the Church get the "it's not our problem attitude"?

8- Too much fighting and arguing going on in the Church! I did not need to go to Church on Sunday Morning for drama, I could get that at home and save the gas! Or Wednesday night at Church had turned into "Wednesday Night at The Fights". Their wants and their prides getting in the way of Jesus wants to do?

9- I got tired of doing all the work? Or I gor tired of hearing all the complaining about others doing all the work? I had some ideas and the Pastor or leaders just blew me off?

10- The Holy Spirit has left the building?

You know what? I had to realize this too in my personal life, just because I went to Church, did not mean I was Christian.....in fact I was just an "......ian" because Christ was missing.....just because I would sit in my garage, did not make me a car! I need to feel the Holy Spirit moving, but I realized I wasn't bring Him with me either. 

The Church is not perfect, the Church can lose it way and get too focused on things that will not matter in Heaven. We need to focus on building the Roll up Yonder and let Jesus Christ build the Roll where is HE wants too. 

These are my thoughts and opinions and this the Heart that Jesus has given me.....I welcome you to share yours.....God Bless!

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Marc Acampora February 05, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Your brainwashing caused you to overlook the actual reasons for the decline of churches - science, education, and communication. Religious superstition thrived through the ages by perpetuating fear and ignorance. Fear of hell, of angering god, of legal punishment, of social ostracization, of immorality, of culture shifts, and of the breakdown of ordered society. Ignorance of science, of reason, of logic, of rational thought. In the latter part of the 20th Century, science so definitively began to fill the gaps, communication began to allow non-believers to find one another, and laws allowed the brave to begin to "come out of the closet" as non-believers without fear of punishment. Of course, it is still risky to openly not believe in many parts of the world, but, fortunately, that is quickly changing. As it has become more and more obvious that there is no supernatural, the beliefs of religions have been relegated to the mythology rubbish heap. That leaves churches struggling to remain relevant. Without the supernatural hogwash, religions must now adapt to compete with functions that can be provided elsewhere - social, charitable, counseling. The church, synagogue, and mosque can remain a part of communities by providing those human functions that they have always excelled at. But, it is inevitable that they will continue to lose relevance now that non-believers have science on their side and no longer fear for their lives.
Mark baker February 06, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Marc the Word of God is truer than you would care to think,if you look closely you will find yourself tucked away neatly in several places. The first place is psalm 14:1, "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God." Even though nature alone transcends science, the precision with which everything works, the precise clockwork of the sun rising, the moon setting, the flowers fading in winter and coming back in the springtime, the stars that give their light at night, and the workings of the tiniest insects still baffle the mind of the smartest scientist. Despite all of that the Bible still has you tucked away neatly in it's pages, Ro. 1:18-28, also 2 Pet. 3:1-8. Yet despite the fact that you're an unbeliever in God, the wonderful thing is Christ died for you, Ro. 5:6-8. God made a provision for people like you, I used to be just like you, I hated God and anything good. but God, upon revealing his love towards me broke my heart on the floor of that jail cell in the Lewis Sterrett Justice Center where I was eagerly anticipating my return to the Texas Department Of Corrections four the fourth time at the age of 32. Well 22 years later my heart still belongs to The Lord Jesus Christ and always will. My heart goes out to you because God gave his son to be beaten, mocked, spit upon, the hair ripped out of his head, and beaten so bad that he was unrecognizable to even his family .
Mark baker February 06, 2013 at 01:22 PM
and then to be crucified between two criminals who deserved to die while onlookers who deserved to die also mocked and sneered at him. I know what I would have done had that been me, but Marc, that wasn't me, that wasn't my son, it was Gods son and he sent him to do just what happened on that cross on Golgotha, to die for me and you Jn. 3:16 so no matter what you believe, it will never change the fact that God does what he wants, he answers to no man, he is all powerful and it's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. In conclusion to your rather ignorant ( unlearned) ramblings cloaked in this worlds wisdom. If we're wrong for believing in God who revealed himself through his son Jesus Christ, we've lost nothing. In fact the world was made a little better because we did believe. On the other hand , if you're wrong you have everything to lose, Mk. 8:34-38. In The Love Of Christ. Mark A. Baker. 1BloodMinistries!!!
Marc Acampora February 06, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Mark Baker, you, too, are brainwashed. Get your head out of that one book full of ignorance, silly myths, demonstrable inaccuracies, and repugnant morality, and your eyes will be opened.
Mark baker February 06, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I'll be praying for you Marc. Please allow a little ignorance on me part. Please allow me to be brainwashed by a loving God, instead of a God hating world system. I will be praying for you.
Marc Acampora February 06, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Mark, please don't waste your mental telepathy with your invisible friend on me. Prayer has been proven definitively to not work. Plus, who are you to arrogantly presume to know what god's plan is for me, such that you would try to influence him in regards to his dealings with me?!
Mark baker February 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM
God already knows how he's going to deal with you, I just pray that he would have mercy on you and remove the scales from your eyes.
Marc Acampora February 07, 2013 at 12:18 AM
What if god's plan is to not have mercy on me? What if he chooses to test me like Job? Your prayers to him to contradict his own plan seem presumptuous on your part. If he has a plan, and his is truly omniscient and omnipotent, then your prayers are pointless, with the exception of giving you comfort to feel that you are doing something noble. Ultimately, that makes your prayer both pointless and selfish.
Mark baker February 07, 2013 at 10:42 AM
You're absolutely correct in your assumption that God has mercy on whom he wills, and whom he wills he hardens. But since I'm not God and since his ways and his thoughts are not mine I can't tell if you're one for hardening, therefore because I don't know , I'll just do the best thing I know and that's pray, and you, Marc will see the power of the Holy God to change a Stoney heart into a heart of flesh. In Christs Love Mark A. Baker, 1BloodMinistries!!!
Greengirl February 07, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Amen!
Greengirl February 07, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Amen!
Marc Acampora February 07, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Mark, the coolest thing about an imaginary friend is that you can make up anything about him to suit your needs.
OnceWasAnnie February 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM
I really wish that people who write blogs would do so with some style--grammar and punctuation-wise. This guy can't write! He may have some salient points to make but I couldn't read more than a paragraph because his spelling is atrocious and he has no skill at writing. I don't think God is an "imaginary friend" but I do think our ideas about Him/Her are sometimes extremely silly and primitive. I have a relationship with God that doesn't involve me groveling around and living like a helpless child.
Mark baker February 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Amen, well said Maura, well said.
jMichael February 10, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Mark? I've seldom read a more compelling refutation of "churchiness". Having given over their souls to the fakes, papists, and preachermen who hustle sin for coin and pimp jeezus like some carnival trickster, these demented bowers and bleaters would have it that God gave us our magnificent brains merely to be obedient. I appreciate, from your comment, that you reject the spiritual. I simply reject the churchy creeps who with stunning arrogance shove their plastic icons up the rectums of decent folks. That's OK. We weren't put on this earth to agree with one another; but only to appreciate that we are fellow travelers. And to be sure, I'd rather travel with you than with Paster BilliBob JoMamma.
Bobby Landreth June 18, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Thank you ALL for your input...Maura, sorry if I offended you, I truly spent a lot of time checking the spelling....Just for the record Marc....I hate religion....but what if we are wrong about our relationship....what have we lost? However, what if you are wrong and there is a Loving God, Heavenly Father who just is crazy about you and just wants you believe and you don't....Marc you are probably well educated and have read this, but I just felt it I needed to share this anyway Luke 16:19-30....this man was an unbeliever and probably well educated too. Just wanted to write a blog about my opinion, the way I see things.......see it is all about Jesus....the church is not the way to heaven, it is suppose to be directions to heaven...... God Bless you all and Thank you for your input! Bobby

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