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Friday, May 10, 2013

Think About It

Troubled

I’m troubled this morning, not about anything specific as such, but rather about a lot of general things. It’s not anything new, I’ve been troubled about these same types of things before, but it’s just that I’m more consciously aware today.

Yesterday an email came through a closed email list that I’m a part of and it was from a person many states away from where I live. The email was a prayer request, but it looked more like spam. My concern was that the email list had been hacked. It had a number to call but truthfully, I was skeptical, so I called the local police agency for that area to check it out. So why am I troubled? I’m troubled that we have come to a place in our society that we don’t trust everything that we hear or is sent to us and that there are people out there who are ready to seize on our good nature to take advantage.

It is truly a paradox. We tell our children to trust, while at the same time we tell them not to trust. We tell them that there are good people in the world, while at the same time telling them that there are some very bad people out there too. We learn that we have to question things. If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t. But that doesn’t stop the hackers and scammers from trying to wiggle into our gullibility and good nature.

The “Church” also troubles me today. Why? Well frankly because we seem to be more concerned about doing church than being the church. Jesus simply said to go and make disciples, but frankly we don’t do a very good job of that. In fact, in most cases, we don’t even do it. Rather than live our convictions, we tell others about how badly they’re living. People seem to know more about what we’re against than what we are for. Truthfully, I want people to meet Jesus, but I’m not so sure I want them to meet the church. So what’s the solution for me? Simply letting people see Jesus in my life and not the church. Think about it.
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15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Think about this, we know there must be a balance in the world. No good without bad, up without down, right without left, etc. So we also know there will be those we can trust and those we can't. The world has always been this way. Nothing new there. As to the church I have always said there is a difference between true people of faith and religious people. My great Grand Dad said "You wanna get close to god? Go sit up on the hill for a bit. That's the house of god not some building built by men." You don't need a preacher to tell you gods will. If god wanted you to know something I'm sure he could just tell you. You don't need to get dressed up in your Sunday go to meeting clothes to be close to god. I'm sure he don't care what you wear. You don't need a book of fairy tales to learn morals and how to be kind. People who have never even heard of morals. Have been compassionate, forgiving, and kind to me. They had a sense of right and wrong without ever being told the difference. So leave off the trappings of religion. And embrace your faith in your own way. Get personal with your god. And let him worry about gathering followers if he needs them. Who told you to go get followers was it really god or was it a book written by a multitude of men claiming they know gods will better than you ? Think about it you were talking of trust. Who do you trust more your god? Or people who claim to know what your god wants? Trust me you will know what god wills. Trust in your faith not in religion.

Anonymous said...

Think about this also. Did Jesus have a church? Or did he walk the land doing good where he could? Church was supposed to be a place for good people to come together to do good things for others. Not a social club not a symbol of ones status in the community. Not to force others to participate. Not to gather followers to increase its own financial power. Look what the Catholics did built a city. There own country. Complete with golden thrones and embroidered hats. How does hoarding that kind of wealth help the poor, weak, hungry, etc.? Are they really following in Jesus's path or are they serving their own greed? How do you get people to join your church? I would lead by example do good things for people in need. Then when they are able they will do good things to help as well. Not by preaching at them. Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Very well said. I couldn't agree more

Anonymous said...

Church” also troubles me today as well we missed 5 weeks of church because of being sick some one in the church us not to come back because we missed to much church i feel its not up to this person to tell me this its up to the pastor to tell me.
i am all so concerned church being the church

Anonymous said...

You know, normally I don't read or comment on religiously oriented stuff but this article caught my eye and really hit the nail on the head. Growing up as a PK(preacher's kid) I saw the best and worst of people. Sadly, mostly the worst. The most hateful people I've ever known, I met at church. While I don't share the Christian beliefs now, I do respect them(as well as all other religions/beliefs) but far too many who profess to be Christian, don't even come close and don't seem to really understand what it even means. It's ashame really because if they all actually followed Jesus' teachings, this world would be a much more loving place!

Anonymous said...

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:07:00 AM EDT it just upset me when people do a lot of bible thumping when they no nothing at all i know there is a god i pray every day but dont thump the people out there in today world like to be bible thumpers

Anonymous said...

you know one thing that upset me a lot about church god never asked for money he always asked for food i know they call it a seed but still when you give church money people will give it but then they claim it off on there tax claim because they want that money back

Anonymous said...

Every time I hear from a Christian it's always very negative and usually complaining about the world and how horrible everything is. If Jesus truly did die on the cross so you could live then I suggest you be a little more appreciative and stop complaining all the time. If I was him I'd be pretty pissed at how ungrateful you sound. Think about it.

Anonymous said...

you know post Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:54:00 AM EDT its not about complaining it's about how some church's treat people i was told they would pay for my bills if i go to this one church not to worry god will take care of me i am not that type of person i want to earn my why in life not to use a church to get money that's not right at all but i would have to be Dedacation to this church what up with that

Anonymous said...

Stop this yacking! Go to Church! You'll feel better!

Anonymous said...

i for one go to church every sunday but i do know how some of these people feel

Anonymous said...

God loves me more than anyone.He told me I was going to live forever and that I didn't have to go to church.So take that suckers.My god is an awesome god indeed!

Anonymous said...

You're all correct to a point. Because church is made up of people - imperfect human beings. WHAT was God thinking? To require us to meet together in corporate worship each week knowing that we would botch it up. But Jesus came for sinners - not the righteous. As a church member and a believer in God, I do wish that I could say that every experience I've had in the church was a good one. But, unfortunately it is not true. There are those who go to church and are as Jesus described, "Wolves in sheep's clothing." So yes, at times, I have been hurt, and I mean REALLY hurt. But friends, you better believe that those pathetic excuses for "Christians" are never going to stand in the way of my relationship with God. In order to hide behind a hypocrite, you must be smaller than he. Those who masquerade and abuse the Name of Christ will answer for their actions. And I will not allow their hypocrisy to ruin what God has planned for me. When I face my Maker, I will not be able to stand on anything but my own actions, and my own relationship to Him. Finger-pointing such as is displayed here will not cut it then. Church is like anything else, you look for the good and deal with the bad when necessary. If you think you are disappointed and disillusioned, think how God feels. But one day he will have the Last Word. No need for all this judgmentalism. God will separate the "wheat from the tares" when the Time comes. Meantime, I totally agree with the writer of this article. Yes, the world has always been a risky place to dwell, but it truly IS getting riskier than ever to trust. I think a good point was made here. Yet another great article. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Some good posts here, especially the first one. I liked what great grand dad said about going to sit up on the hill a bit to find God.
There's always a lot of talk about returning to Judeo-Christian values, often by people who don't know what they are or put them into practice.
I'd recommend reading some of the works of Thomas Berry, a priest and eco-theologian, who has a lot to say about finding what's Sacred and Divine by learning to observe, live in, and cherish our natural heritage and gifts. Just what your great-granddad told you.

Louise said...

Been reading lately about introverts and extroverts. When an extrovert attends church, he is energized and revitalized. When an introvert attends church, he is emotionally drained, and needs solitude to recuperate. A quiet, worshipful time in the woods is just what he needs. I know this is simplistic, but as an introvert, I can relate to those who prefer to communicate with God privately.