It has been said that truth is stranger than fiction… and usually more painful.
Most have known the pain caused by rumors and unfounded chinwag. Perhaps one of life’s greatest injustices is that one can spout forth reckless rabble causing another to prove his or her innocence. However, it’s not always baseless gossip that we fear.
In fact, personal smears actually may offer a convenient distraction from the genuine truth. Who doesn’t love a liar caught red-handed – especially if we know that his or her lies pose a far smaller threat than would the actual truth.
In addition, concealing lies and duplicity occasionally demands that we find new friends that don’t know or a fresh church that doesn’t ask. Having to “get away from those gossipers” can be awfully handy if we need to justify a narrow escape. Tongue waggers may get on our nerves but avoiding confrontation may just be the real name of the game. Many had rather an enemy lie about them than have a friend speak the truth to them.
Truth strips naked our complicated explanations and confounds our defenders. While rumors discourage, truth discloses and quickly separates us from the excuses and accommodations we make for our mischief.
Fortunately, Jesus said that the truth will do even more… truth can set us free (John 8:32). Continuing in His word, He said was the key to knowing this liberating truth (v.31). No more lust for vindication but the earnest desire to know what God’s word has to say about our hypocrisy.
Oh, the joy that embracing the truth can bring. The bliss of nothing to hide, nothing to rationalize, no suspicions to manage, nothing to defend, no more justifications, no image to maintain, no one whom we must discredit or avoid.
Oh, the joy indeed.
Why My Church Would Be Bigger Than Jesus’
“Last summer, I came to a shocking realization that I had to share with my wife: If Jesus had a church in Simi Valley, mine would be bigger.
People would leave His church to attend mine because I call for an easier commitment. I know better how to cater to people’s desires so they stick around.
Jesus was never really good at that. He was the one who said, “He who loves father or mother … son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matt. 10:37 NIV). I’m much more popular than Jesus.”
Francis Chan http://www.catalystspace.com/
This excerpt from Chan hit me like a brick to the face. Jesus would have a very difficult time competing with our churches unless He abandoned His original approach for attracting people. This may sound absurd to the What Would Jesus Do generation, but mostly because even though many wore the bracelets/tee shirts, most have little understanding as to what Jesus actually did or said.
So, why would Jesus have such difficulty competing with us?
The good news is that today Jesus would have a plethora of resources to help Him understand Millennials, how to be relevant, and how to create a more inclusive atmosphere.
But no matter, for Jesus to have a Church as big as ours, He would have to abandon many of His original methods for calling and keeping people… you know, like we did.
(If you enjoyed this article by Pastor Mike then click on the following link for more posts by him on his blog “The Stone Blog”, http://www.mylogos.info
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