Originally posted on Spiritual Growth:
Jesus has told us that we cannot serve both God and Mammoth and that we should give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God. Our church system approaches some things with failure looming. Why do we tithe in money and set up fellowship dinners? Why not take our tithes and put it directly into ministries such as feeding the homeless, having concerts in the city park, and other city targeted services. Many people are just plain sick of “church” and disgusted by the Christian community. Why? Let me tell you why…. We have become self righteous and self serving; we look at other people and see Drug addicts, thieves, whores, and many other titles. Why don’t we look at other people and see the void that these people are trying to fill? Why do we prop ourselves up not only above sinners but other church members? You think you are better than someone else, well lets ask God about that, just saying. Yes I have a bit of an attitude on this subject. Quite frankly I am fed up in what I see in the “Christian Community” myself. So much so that I hate to be labeled a “Christian”. We only seem to think about what Jesus is doing for us or will do for us and forget that he told us to be selfless servants, casting away every desire. Why do we see “out raged” “Christians” bombing abortion clinics instead of groups of individuals coming together standing outside those clinics saying “Do you need someone to adopt your child? Do you need help with medical expenses? Do you need someone to help you talk to your parents and make a plan?” Where are our hearts for the broken and battered people of God? Why do we throw up our hands in disgust when sinners act like sinners? Why are we kicking such people out of our churches? They need not only the word of God but true examples of THE LOVE OF GOD poured out all over them. An old film comes to mind, a John Wayne film actually. The Angel and the Bad Man. This movie featured the love of a true Christian family and how they used what resources they had to minister to their community. How the love of that family changed the heart of an outlaw and drew him in. The family helped everyone that needed help that was put in their path and they loved them. No matter their acts. They had the belief too that an individual who uses force of any kind against another individual injures their own soul. So the person doing the hurting is injured more than the one who is hurt. Why doesn’t the “Christian” community have this outlook? Also their is such disdain for the Jewish traditions and in particularly the law of Moses. How can we love God and not take part in such rich history that is centered around him but throw it away with disgust. The festivals are God’s appointed times. Don’t believe that then why do the triads fall on the Jewish holidays? hmmm Good question. Also the law that the Jews keep is their best interpretation of the lessons and teachings in the first five books of the bible. When did you last pick up the bible and a piece of paper and a pen? The bible says we all should keep a scroll of his commands….. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt for us ourselves to go through the bible with that paper and pen from Genisus on and see what we come out with. What commands we aren’t keeping and how our own hearts should change. Jesus said he wouldn’t judge those who judge themselves. It’s time we stop seeking God’s hands and seek his face. It’s time we stop desiring to be blessed but to bless.