Sunday, November 1, 2009

Will the Church Be the Church!

"People put on the horse and ride it so high, they make you feel like you can't get over there," Harvey said of Christian folks in the Church who parade around with their facade each Sunday morning. "That's what I wish was different."

This was such a jolting commentary on the state of the church today. I felt compelled to post it here. Steve Harvey is very honest about the mistakes he's made in his lifetime, but he is also put off by the "holier than thou" judgmental attitudes of some Christians.

It is a sad sad day when people feel they can't go to the church to seek help because the "church folk" look down on them. And we all know it to be true. When the young lady steps through the door in a dress that probably would be more appropriate for the club, the typical response from most "church folk" is to turn their noses up and begin whispering amongst themselves about the inappropriateness of her attire. Rarely, if ever, do you see someone approaching her with open arms bringing her into the fold making her feel comfortable enough to even receive a word from God that would help to lovingly steer her into the right direction.

A few years ago there was a big push for What would Jesus Do. As the church we need to do what Jesus would do. Afterall, He was not hung on the cross for following the status quo. He was the savior for the least, the last, and the lost. As a matter ofr fact, He was very critical of the "holy rollers of His day,Saducees and Pharisees, who knew the law but rejected the law giver.

Jesus was all about relationships- His with us and ours with one another. He sought out the least of us and brought us into His loving presence. As believers we need to look deep into our hearts and search our motives. It's not about the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, or the amount of money we can place in the basket. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket because "believers" are afraid to go into the highways and biways and tell the people what thus saith the Lord. We need to get off our holy roller pedestals and seek to complete the great commission of making disciples whenever and where ever we can. The Steve Harveys of the world should not feel as though the church is the last place they can go to be healed, delivered, and set free. Stop looking at the clothes they wear, the way they talk, and the things they do and look into their hurting hearts and show them the love of Jesus. What would Jesus do. God bless


BG said...

As one who went to these types of churches and was a condemning Christian, I can appreciate Harvey's words. Some of the people who push so hard for holiness and righteousness, don't see how blind they are to their on sermon.

The Church (believers) are an extension of God, and for us to not be an unclogged conduit through which God can flow is a terrible indictment against us.

Unfortunately, Harvey's commentary against the unlearned in the Church is not a unique one. But God is still raising up those who have eyes to see and ears to hear in order to bring comfort to His people.

This is proof positive that shouting Halleleujah, putting your church face on and quoting scripture doesn't equate to living a life that is pleasing to God.

Quite simply, Jesus said: By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love, one to another (John 13:35).......interesting, says nothing about wearing a cross, carrying a Bible, dancing and shouting in the Church.

Dizwater said...

Cheryl this was touching! I haven't seen it before, but thanks for posting it! Compassion is an essential thing in the body of Christ!