19 Sep Everything Wrong With The Church In One Picture
So, three things: 1) To be fair, this is not really EVERYTHING wrong with the Church. I am using EVERYTHING hyperbolically. 2) I can’t justify showing the picture (You’ll see why shortly). 3) This may come across as harsh, particularly to those who might participate in some of the mentioned items, but know that I love you : ).
So, what’s this picture? Today I saw a picture on the internet that unfortunately didn’t surprise me. However, it did speak to me. It was a woman’s chest (in a bra) with Jeremiah 29:11 tattooed above her breasts. As the Church has become increasingly “relevant” – aka increasingly worldly, we have lost what it means to follow Christ. This picture serves as a sign of the times. It shows us where we are heading as a Church.
- IMMODESTY There is the obvious problem of using God’s word to show off your breasts in a lustful presentation to the world. This represents the Church’s increasingly “me” centered culture that is willing to exploit both Scripture and our bodies to show seek attention. The picture was clearly highlighting her breasts as much as, if not more than, the verse.
- INSECURITY This is brings me to the second problem. Insecurity. It is becoming increasingly common to see duck-faced selfies with some inspirational verse underneath it. This trend screams, “Look at me… I mean the verse… I mean… Okay, yes I just want you to like my picture because I’m insecure and posting a verse with my face will make you more likely to ‘like’ me… I mean it…”
- VERSES OUT OF CONTEXT The abuse and misrepresentation of Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, etc. is rampant and out of control. These verses are written about suffering and hardship. Jeremiah 29:10 essentially promises that everyone in the generation being spoken to will die in captivity and 29:11 is God saying that He still has good plans for your progeny. The problem is that people listen to ear-tickling preachers instead of truth speakers. They read soft devotionals instead of studying how to rightly divide the word for themselves. They don’t read passages, they read verses (and therefore miss the context and meaning of the verses that they do read). FOR MORE LIKE THIS READ “WHY EVERY CHURCH NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE HERMENEUTICS” & “DO YOU HAVE JEREMIAH 29:11 ALL WRONG?“
- IDEALISTIC EARTHLY POSITIVITY this brings us to the fourth point. This generation is obsessed with the “positive.” We love fluff. We apply all the good to our lives and never accept the reality that hardship is part of life and part of God’s plan for our lives. We look with earthly eyes instead of heavenly eyes. We hear about God’s good plans and promises and translate that as personal health, wealth, and happiness (in the Enlightenment sense).
This generation wants to write God’s word on their chest, but the Bible says to write it on our hearts. This generation is all about the outward appearance (the outer layer, skin deep), but God cares about what is on the inside. To find out why this is happening and what we can do to fix it, check out: THE ANTICHRIST COMMISSION: WHY THE CHURCH IS LOSING GENERATIONS.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Is our generation crying out for some healthy changes? Leave a comment below and share to get your friends in on the conversation.
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