Consider yourself warned.
This video has been a source of scorn and derision since it first appeared last week. And, as much as it is mocked, and not representative of biblical truth, if many in the church were honest, the sentiment in it is exactly representative of American sub-cultural christianity.
I’m going to be painfully blunt here.
Things like baptisms, communion and weddings…they have meaning.
When Peter writes that “baptism now saves you” in 1 Peter 3:21…the word “stylish” might not want to be your first thought.
When Paul writes that some people are actually sick and dying (1 Corinthians 11:30) because they take communion in the wrong way (discerning neither the body of Christ-the church, nor the blood of Christ-literally Jesus’ death), perhaps we should think twice before we shotgun the cup as though we were playing a round of quarters.
When Jesus said, “What God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mark 10:9), you may want to think, at least for a few minutes, what is more important…your ticking biological clock (ladies)? The need to “make an honest woman out of her” (guys)? Or the fact that God has designed marriage to image the relationship between Christ and the church?
When numerous children were set aside in Scripture, there was the expectation that parents would raise their children “in the wisdom and knowledge of the LORD” (Hebrews 8:11, among others), and that it would actually be better to have a “millstone tied around” the neck than to lead a child astray (Luke 17:20).
Here’s why I am frustrated:
Each week I spend time with people that may have followed all of the cultic ritual of the faith, but exhibit zero fruit. They live for the dollar, convenience and self. They were immersed into Christ, “saved”.
I’ve seen people grasping the body and blood of Christ during a church service and boldly taking it, while in bitter feuds with others in the church, their spouses and neighbors.
I see “single” parents dealing with a spouse that is not in any way a partner, un-supportive, unhelpful and generally unengaged because they married an unbeliever, thinking that faith issues “didn’t matter.” These parents are in the fight of their lives.
I’ve talked with parents that have stood before God and man, boldly stating that they were going to raise their kids in Christ, only to see them drop their kids off at youth group to let us raise their kids. Often, these parents are marginally involved themselves, yet they want us to “fix” their children.
I’ve visited with parents in tears about the decisions their children have made.
I see a God that takes all of this mess, this hurt and brokenness, and says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to WAKE UP FROM YOUR SLUMBER, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”- Romans 13:11