Maybe Its Time To Reevaluate Our Faith


            We cannot continue like we are going.  Modern Christianity has lost its connection to historic, first century Christianity.  We have lost our way.  Maybe you are a skeptic and want more proof than my bold declaration that we have lost our way.


            I think that the proof is in the pudding as they say where I live.  And the pudding is to look at how we are changing our world.  From the time of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry through the end of the first century the Church of Jesus Christ, and of course the master himself, turned their world upside down.  They did it without modern communication.  They did it without written apologetics.


            There were no televisions to promote the word.  There was no radio ministry.  Shoot, even their newsletters had to be written on reed parchments.  It was not an easy time to communicate.  And forget about traveling.  To get from one place to another they either walked or rode a donkey or horse.  Nothing was easy for these guys and ladies, and yet, they turned the world upside down.


            What did they have that we did not have?  Nothing.  What do we have that they did not have?  Everything.  And therein lays the answer.


            Jesus was homeless.  He was also relatively unemployed; in fact, Peter found the money to pay the taxes Jesus owed in the mouth of a fish.  Clearly, Jesus did not have a strong mailing list to go to for help.


            Where were the intercessors when Jesus needed them?  Here He is, facing the lord of Hell on a daily basis, and His ministry is not fully developed by our standards.  Yet He managed to accomplish the most important goal of anyone in history.  An accomplishment that stands as the turning point of history—even now.


            The second most critical person in the history of Christianity is the Apostle Paul.  A quick look at his life, found in I Corinthians 4:11 “To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;”


            So now we are two for two.  The master and his top man are both homeless.  How many of our leaders are homeless?  How many of our leaders are hungry and thirsty?  How many of our leaders are poorly clothed and roughly treated?


            You got it—none!


            I am not saying that we all have to be homeless, hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed, and roughly treated to be true Christians.  What I am saying is that there is something missing because the Church, largely on the Christian right, does not have any place for those who are homeless, just as Jesus was homeless. 


            It is time we returned to a simpler day.  A day when we placed less value on the things we owned or the size of the reserves in our ministry. 


            The problem is that we are not asking the right questions.  We are concerned with what looks right for the staid and set believers around us.  We are concerned with not offending people.  All the time we teach that Jesus was offensive to most everyone he met.  Some He offended into the kingdom.  Some He offended so much that they had Him killed.


            Instead of wondering how to keep up with the Jones it is time we learned how to keep up with the Jesuses of our world.


            The question we have to ask ourselves is:  How do I respond to those around me the way Jesus did?  How do I learn to appreciate everything in its proper place the way Paul did?


            Maybe instead of fighting to get to the top of the heap we should be fighting to get to the bottom of the heap.


            Maybe instead of believing God for a new car and a better house we should be believing God to show us how to live with less.  Maybe we should be praying for the prosperity Paul had—you remember, the prosperity of hunger and thirst and homelessness.


            Where are the television preachers showing us how to move down the ladder in God’s will, rather than spending years convincing us that God wants us at the top of the heap in the nicest clothes and best cars and mansions in this world?


            Maybe I am dreaming.  I am not there.  But at some point we have to come to grips with the truth of the Gospel and not just the parts that make us feel good.


2 Responses to “Maybe Its Time To Reevaluate Our Faith”

  1. 1 Dr. Johnson C. Philip 30 January 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I am a published Christian Apologist based in India. It has been good to visit your blog.

    You said “Modern Christianity has lost its connection to historic, first century Christianity. We have lost our way.”

    As long as moral relativism, pluralism, and inclusivism continue to rule our minds, this situation is not going to change.

    Johnson C. Philip, PhD (Physics)

  2. 2 Denny 30 January 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I like what you wrote here: “Modern Christianity has lost its connection to historic, first century Christianity. We have lost our way.”

    So, I have a question for you.
    What are your thoughts about my blog entry about Yeshua HaMashiach?

    Thank you,

    James 2:1-13
    1 Timothy 4:16
    Luke 15:4
    1 Timothy 1:3-7
    Titus 1:9

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