The longer I live, the more I see, the more I know what my mother told me as a child is true. The more someone loves the Lord the more they will live for Him, suffer for Him, and do for Him. I’ve been in church since I was about eight. I’m thirty-two now. Over the past twenty-four years I’ve seen a love for the Word shrink and a thrust for the Word almost disappear within the walls of the “church.”
Don’t miss understand me, the talk is still there. The Words are said sure enough, but words without actions to fill them and give them life are merely an empty shell. It causes me to think of a passage of Scripture: 2Tim 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” And I ask you, is this not what is in the church today? Many folks pick and choose this verse over that one because this one fits what they what and that one does not. I see it in many churches both on the West and East Coast. It grieves my heart.
I want so much to stand up and ask them if they truly love God, His Word, and His ways. Yet each place, community of believers: church or Bible study group, I go to I hear the same answer: we have to meet people where they are at not where they should be. While this is very true, may question to that is, once we meet them where they’re at, why do we stay there with them instead of gently guiding them unto the truth and the place that we should be?