Lord Protect Me From Your Followers?

On Facebook today I saw a friend whose religious views were listed as “The Church of Lord Protect Me From Your Followers.”  Now, I do not know how strongly this friend feels this statement but there is a lot said with it.  This statement embodies much of what is wrong with the church today.

 

This statement raises the question, if we are the only Jesus some people will see, will some people ever see Jesus.  The biggest problem we have as a church is that Jesus left us in charge of his kingdom and we have to present his kingdom in an honest way that maintains the integrity of the message—something we seem to have trouble doing.

 

The news is full of pastors and church members who are having the same problems as the rest of the world—even though we claim to be different.  Our communities are full of neighborhoods where the only Jesus some people ever see is a Jesus lacking in compassion, filled with the sins of the world, looking for more—more money, more food, more cars, more women, more of everything except spiritual maturity and compassion.

 

I long for the day when I can live the life Jesus called me to live.  I long for the day when the church is the church, living for eternity and not for the power of this world.

 

Eternity is so huge we fail to believe in it.  Eternity will own us all soon enough—we should start preparing for it now.

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1 Response to “Lord Protect Me From Your Followers?”


  1. 1 letlightshine 13 August 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Very well said! I agree completely. Our lives should look different from the world. We should continually be striving to be like Christ. For when we seek after God first, the fruits of the Spirit should be evident in our lives and to the world.

    Its sad to see so many denominations and interpretations of God’s word. For we are to be one body, one church under Christ. “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

    “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world…(Romans 12:2..)”


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