Today, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote.
Christians are facing genocide in the middle east.
Churches are being foreclosed on in America daily.
Religious freedoms are being taken away in almost every sphere of life.
More people are in slavery than at any time in history.
More people face hunger and starvation than ever before.
Billions of people have never even heard the name of Jesus.
And today, I get another email about someone who "doesn't like all the changes at church" and who wants to shop for a new one.
What are we doing here???
Our self-centered, serve me, consumer mentality will haunt us for eternity. We are God's people called to be salt, preserving truth and godliness, and light in a world of increasing darkness. We are supposed to be an ARMY that the gates of hell can't hold off! But we are not being salt. We are not being light. And we are no soldiers under the command of a mighty King. We are customers, consuming religious products and who, at the slightest offense or bit of discomfort, change churches like we change grocery stores or restaurants.
And one day - and maybe that day will be soon - we will stand before a God who will hold us accountable for all that we ignored, all that we didn't care about, and all that we didn't do.
What will we say then?
"I didn't like the music at church".
"I don't like the new service."
"I wanted my old sunday school classroom back."
"I had to park too far away."
"Nobody called me when I was sick."
"The sermons were too long."
Are you kidding me?? Seriously! Are you kidding me?!? Can you imagine our flimsy excuses before the Almighty?
Look around Christian! The times are DIRE. Change for the worst is taking place faster than anyone could have predicted. WE ARE LOSING GROUND EVERY DAY in the culture around us. And people are LOST and going to hell DAILY.
AND THERE IS NO "PLAN B". We are it. The Church. The guardians of truth. The holders of the keys to the Kingdom. The ministers of reconciliation between a lost world and a God who is still merciful and still willing to save. The tellers of Good News.
We can't continue like this. We just can't. We can't keep wasting our time in pettiness and things that simply don't matter. I'm frustrated. No, I'm indignant. And I'm ready for the church - whatever true church remains - to actually be the church. It's our - and their - only hope.