This is going to be about my issues with the western church. I’m putting it out there to let you know that I may possibly offend you. There, you were forewarned…enter at your own risk…
I have a lot of issues with the church that has been brought up as of lately. I’ve been around Christian culture long enough to know that people will say-“But we the people are the church and all of us are hypocritical and broken.” Yes, I know I’m just as screwed up as the next. But I’m sorry America, I just think we missed the mark when Jesus said in Matthew 19:
“23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,[a] when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold[b] and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
I can’t help but look at the American church with its Starbucks, flat screens, and multimillion dollar buildings and wonder if we’ve missed it. I’ve been guilty of sipping my divine coffee in my comfortable church where they play the kind of music I want to listen to. Ya know, where all my consumeristic needs are met because church is about me and I’ll choose where I want to go. Stop playing the music that I like and I’m out. Ya get me.
It’s interesting growing up and living in a place of mega church Mecca. Where there seems to be as much greed inside the church as outside of it. I get glimpses of hope thanks to the people around me and the way they love and serve in their community but that is quickly snuffed out when my gay friends talk about how they have been made to feel less than. I can’t help but weep for the people around me who have received hate in the name of Jesus by well-intentioned Pharisees who would rather “debate grace than taste and eat of it.”
I don’t have all the answers and I struggle to find them all in the pages of a book. I think it has something to do with, “The love of money is the root of all evil” and how we skip over that verse.