I have been taught, if you don’t go to a church, then you will start to fall away from Jesus. While I believe this can be true, I don’t believe it is an absolute truth.
The more I experience the “church life” the more I grow to hate it in what it has become.
Please hear me. I don’t think that all churches are bad, and that all people who go to one and serve in one, are bad. If you have convictions that a Christian must go to a church, that is an option available to you and I’m happy for you. However, I have come to a conclusion during this phase of my life, that I do not need a church to worship, have a relationship with, or be able to walk with Christ in a deep manner.
I’ve become very critical of churches and their purposes these days, because I have had this epiphany that it is turning itself into a business.
You’ve got your head people in place. Your buyers buying. And there’s a constant demand for what you’re selling.
•CEO and Sales Pitcher = Pastor
•Crewman and Salesmen = Deacons, Elders, Leaders of the church
•Daycare Crew = Children’s church
•Consumers = Congregation who donates at least 10% of their profits or earnings and a few will volunteer their time for extra needs
I realize this type of thinking can cause people to get in an uproar and think I’m speaking near blasphemy, but think about it for a little while. I realize it makes you uncomfortable; it did me too when I started seeing and thinking this.
Ask yourself these questions to help yourself determine whether or not your church is really working at its absolute best for the kingdom.
1. Does the majority of our church congregation get together more than just Sundays or Wednesday evenings?
2.Does the majority get together somewhere else outside of the church building, more than a few times a year?
3.Does our church have programs for the widowed, orphans, or poverty stricken people of our town?
4. Does our pastor have any other job to bring himself income, besides to preach on sundays?
5.Do I know that if I was struggling with an embarrassing sin, I know of at least 5 people, that I could tell it to and they would not judge me in a way that would make me feel unloved and that they wouldn’t blab it to someone else?
These are just some basic questions that should define what a church should have. You can dispute me all day, and that’s fine, but I’m finding it harder and harder to find a church that has these simple principles in place.
My point to #1 and #2
I don’t care how busy you say your life is, your Christian church family should be just as important as anything else in your life and if you’re not spending time together outside of church, out in the real world, in people’s real day to day lives, how can you get to know each other? How can you grow together as brothers and sisters in Christ? How can you say you really care? Many Christians in church don’t even really have anyone outside of those church walls that they can relate with when it comes to being a Christian. Most of them have non-Christian family members they have to deal with, and non-Christian coworkers who they have to deal with. If you’re of a family that is mostly Christian and your friends are too and you grew up all cozy and comfy in a great Christian church , well let me tell you something, you are blessed beyond what you can even realize, because I personally know what it is to grow up without that. People in your congregations are starving to have more fellowship time with like minded believers and yet all they can find are the ones at 10:30 Am 6:30 Pm and 7 Pm. And guess what, they have to sit and listen the whole time, it’s not an actual time of fellowship. It’s worship and lesson time. What do real families do that make them bond? They take trips together. They argue with each other. They forgive each other. They eat together. And they pray together. And many other things. Now, if a church congregation and the leaders of it, can’t make these things a priority, then I know, that the love for the congregation is not a priority. And Christ would not be pleased about it.
My point to #3
If your church does not have financial programs or some type of help for, the drug addicted, widows, orphans, and the poverty stricken people of your area, then your church does not have Christs love for its people. You have a missions program? Great for you! You have a kids bible night throughout the school year? Great for you! You have a men’s bible study night on Thursday’s and you take a love offering for the pastor? Great for you. But what about the people of your community who need your Help!!! They need to know you care! By actually lending a helping hand and letting them know that they can come to you and ask for help with groceries or help on their light bill, or someone to watch their kids while they go to work. I could go on and on with all the things the churches could be and should be helping with, but they’re not.
My point to #4
This issues gets a lot of people all in a big-harry-fit. Lots of people will defend their pastor who’s only income is what the congregation donates to him, by saying “well he works for the Lord so it’s only right we pay him for it, he deserves it”, “if he had to go out and work a job through the week how would he be able to give a good sermon on Sunday?” This is all bologna…… every Christian that does as the Bible says, do all things for the Lord, is working for the Lord. An honest pastor will get his special reward in heaven, from the king, not from us. Most pastors make more money than at least half of their congregation!!! Most of them drive a better vehicle than half of ther congregation. And a lot of them have stay at home wives who has five kids to feed and raise. That money should be going to the people of the community who have NOTHING! And don’t give me that bull about, “well what about keeping the church lights on and water and landscaped and building repairs…” I’ve never claimed that the church building itself doesn’t need financial help to keep running, because it does, I know it does. But for the pastor and/or his family to live off of the congregations offerings??? It’s obsured.
My point to #5
It’s pretty self explanatory. If you can’t trust at least five people in your church, with a confession you need to make or a secret you need help with, then it’s either you have trust issues or the more likely answer, your church has untrustworthy people in it.
I know that this does not describe all churches, but it does describe a lot of them. Being from a pretty small town of about 6 thousand people, 3 stoplights, a non-super Walmart, you’d think that the majority of our churches would be good ones, but sadly there are not. It’s no wonder our society is starting to scream “tax the churches”. Why shouldn’t they when their congregations donations aren’t going to where they should be anyway?
I believe it is a crisis that has been sweeping the nation for a while and it’s time to stand up and do something about it.