Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Church Today. The Church Yesterday.

There is a lot to be said (in my mind) about the "church."
Now that wasn't so bad was it? Talking about the "church."
But, why the parenthesis Aaron? Well, Ill tell you why.
Because, the "church" has become a building, and not a body
to so many people. And honestly, it seems that way for America
more than it does any other society. The reasons are far too
obvious, and another fact is, it seems that way to more non-chrisitians
Than it does for people whom actually are, what you would
know today as a christian.

My heart has fallen from, loved, hated, ridiculed, chastised, blamed,
slandered, and grown fond of the church over my last few years of,
"maturing" I suppose it would be called.
But I'm always lead back to one thing, and that is, that Jesus
LOVES his church. The GOD is head over heals in love with us.
If God loves us, which clearly we just covered that, then what do
you think he asks of us? What do you think he desires of us?
Why do you think he's given us strengths, and talents?

What befuddles me to this day is how quick christians are to say "no."
Is it me, or are we still living in a Paganistic society, that is more
interested in spoiling People's opportunity to be great and have a
good time doing it just to gain some kind of Holier Than Thou formula
that defying ideas and creativity will lead us to the heart of God?
Who came up with all this nonsense, seriously?

To this day, it perplexes me as to why Western Culture Christians care
more about attire than they do about their brothers and sisters suffering
throughout the world. We'd rather waste our time raising arguments
about "secular" things and forms of entertainment that we deem ungodly
than we would educating people on the martyrdom that exists today
within christianity, human trafficking, world hunger, destitution, and the
various other things that so many "christians" are missing. We're too busy
playing fashion police, and saying no to brilliant ideas because, well, because?

What happened to the church?
What happened to the idea of Jesus, his radical stand about what he
believed in? I mean, let's face it, the word christian does not strike me
or the public as something to take all that serious these days? That's
a shame, a terrible shame. When did the church lose it's backbone?
When did the church stand up against the crazy people that call
themselves christians yielding "God Hates Fags" signs? What in the
name of God is going on here people?

A place where words like worship, praise, and church have lost their
meaning. Where church has become a building, a place to go, to
chit chat with other "believers" and just, sit around comfortably within
the four walls. Where worship has become a time, a period, where we
hope we can feel something, and less about exalting the name of God.
Where praise is more self-centered than it is an external act of extolling
the name of Christ. We, yes We, I'm the church too; we need to get
our heads out of the sand.

Don't you realize how important this is, especially right now? What's
wrong with awesome displays that draw your attention in, that get
across a message so more eloquent than any spoken word could?
Tell me what's ungodly about that? What's wrong with beautiful music?
With volunteering your talents, and abilities to usher people into worship?
What's wrong with having a great sound system, that delivers a message
and music at high quality sound? Would you not rather have these things,
than to have technical glitches throughout your "service" distracting you
from the real purpose of the "church?"

Alright then, if you answered no, then please reevaluate what it means
to be a christian. Or, just get lost, because you already are. You've
completely missed the point of what it means to follow Jesus.

My desire, is to utilize art in every single way possible to bring an image
to the church that will captivate them. Be it worship, education, simple
presentation, or just FUN! Also, I am beginning work on a film project
that will most likely take years to develop. God has placed a desire in
my heart, to educate christians, of what is going on in the world around
them that is really not heard of, and certainly not viewable. Would you
please pray for me, and this project, that God would lead the right people
to this project, so that we can make this idea a reality.

I can't tell you how tired I am, of being a bench warming christian.
How tired I am of stalling my own ideas and creativity.
God is calling us to greatness, we'd better be meeting that call to the
best of our ability.
And a message to our ministers:
Stop preaching your opinions, rather than the word of God.
And stop caring about the things that are meaningless in God's eyes.
Its time to start being REAL christians.

Amen.

5 comments:

Alex said...

ah! I completely agree with u.


church these days has become so institutionilized that I don't even know if I can walk into a church again.


I left my old church with my family a while ago because I couldn't stand how church was just about getting members and adhearing to a schedule. I'm a christian but if church means being a member and not a believer I don't want any part of that. Church is supposed to be a place where you can worship god freely, and grow in god with other believers. Church is now an industry.

Frank said...

Right on man.

I have done a few really small projects like that for some projects with the youth in my hometown here.

Everything here is spot on.

I'll keep you and the project and the purpose in my prayers.

- Frank

Patrick said...

Hey Man,
I read your stuff pretty regularly and agree completely with what you are saying.

and by the way those are Quotation Marks...not Parenthesis.

just thought id throw that out there

I Am All Grown Up said...

Ha.
Thanks Patrick, I get to typing so fast that I don't catch stuff like that.
Consider yourself my editor of the day.
I appreciate it, I'll edit it tomorrow.

jordyn mooney said...

it's time to start being REAL christians