A local pastor that I dearly love shared with me a very alarming and almost laughable statistics; he told me that forty years ago 70% of Americans felt that that they were sure that heaven was their final destination after death. The same survey was done recently and the number remains the same. Nevertheless, today we have less Americans reading and studying the Scriptures, less Americans participating in Church life and most alarming, less American praying. How can we call ourselves Christians without a prayer life?
The reality is that many are embracing a secular lifestyle. In its basic definitions the word secular means, without the influence of any spirituality. You can’t find God in their conversations, you can’t find God in what they listen to, you can’t find God in what they watch, you can’t find God in their finances and you can’t find God in their service. They “GO TO CHURCH”, not realizing that they are suppose to be the church. Their Christianity has become whatever happens in those two hours of service on Sundays.
The coming together of the saints is a Biblical mandate; every time we come together in Jesus name, we are having church. The building or the place we come together in His name is totally irrelevant. The problem is that many folks in the church are not seeking God and have no desire of developing true relationship with brothers and sisters in the Lord. We are called to be a family you know!
Have you taken a good look at your kids? Are they excited about God? Are they praying and studying the Scriptures? or are they on their phones texting, in social media and throwing selfies every time they get a chance as if they are the center of the world? The devil has many of our young people, even in our churches, lost in such vanity. They to are living secular lives.
Christianity is real; Christianity is the only true religion that makes sense of the whole universe and our purpose in it. Christianity is not boring; unprepared pastors and teachers are making Christianity boring because they teach the same thing over and over. Christianity is not simple; Christianity is filled with excitement and open invitation to go into the deep things of God. Our Bible, our history, the power of God, the prophetic, His presence, the orthodoxy of our faith and the joy of service are just some of the many areas of our faith that are soul fulfilling.
Our God is bigger than the lies of the secular world; our God is the real deal. It is a lie from hell that has many thinking that they can live lives without God; they are deceived, even in our own churches. Are you tired of the same sermons in the church? I encourage you to start by reading the Bible, take a class in theology, and look for ways to get to know God. Above all, take time to pray, take time to be alone with God. He will not let you down. “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18 (KJV)