Thursday, February 14, 2008

Church: "Where's Your Bullseye?"

That church is a cult. Heresy. They let children take communion! Rubuke. That's the church of entertainment. They speak in tongues. They're not filled with the Holy Spirit. That music is of the devil. Rebuke. They're not really saved...... Who says this of the church? It reminds me of a book I read years ago "The Final Quest" by Rick Joyner, a scene set where there's a battle going on, arrows are flying from the ranks of the Enemy, and as the dust clears, it's other Christian's in the front lines shooting arrows at other Christian's. (Which for kicks I googled the book and came up with loads of controversy, articles, rebukes, you name it.... wow.) The point of all this is not about Rick Joyner and whether he's leading people astray or not... it's a question of Church: "Where's Your Bullseye?"

In business, personal discipline, and in life, focus matters. In fact many would say "pick one, maybe two" targets or niches to have the best chance at success. What's your church's target? You pick. One. What's your personal bullseye?

Jesus talked about the two greatest commandments.."Love your neighbor" (Mt. 22:37-39) Call me crazy, but I think that could be a good place to start.

It breaks my heart when I hear someone "trashing" another church and/or denomination. I just think, "we have a world lost in deep weeds, homeless in the streets, children without food, wealthy businessmen who are part of the 'up and out', and this is where we choose to put our bullseye? On the back of another church?" Unfortunately in my life, I've seen that scene in The Final Quest play out time and time again. It's much easier to criticize than to "do".

I believe the Church is the hope of the world. If we could unite, this world would be turned up-side down. What if....
  • We all would commit to encourage and lift up other churches in our communities and celebrate what they are doing for Christ? Stopping any trash-talking or innuendos...

  • Your local churches would come together and families in your area would never be without food again?

  • We the Church assumed 100% responsibility for the social ills in our community and not delegate it to our government?

  • We would move out of our comfort zones and literally befriend and love our neighbors?

  • We just kept it simple?

Church, it's time. Let's take the bullseye off each other and let's change this world with His help...