Saturday, August 29, 2015
You know what I need?
I need a faith that is stronger than America's church culture.
I need a faith that is stronger than money, and what we expect it to do for us.
I need a faith that is stronger than music style, preaching style, and celebrity Christianity.
I need a faith that is stronger than race, ethnicity, culture, and nationality.
I need a faith that is stronger than anecdotes, sermon illustrations, and chit-chat before and after worship services.
I need a faith that abides in the pit of my soul, where it needs to flourish among and conquer everything else that I never tell anybody about.
I need a faith that meets the rawness of my emotions and psyche with truth, not platitudes.
I need a faith that responds to sin with truth, not arrogance.
I need a faith that concedes nothing, confesses boldly, confronts gracefully, nourishes lavishly, and persists consistently.
I need a faith that gives me sustained joy, not bursts of happiness.
I need a faith that provides contentment, not mere resignation to that which seems inevitable.
I need a faith that fosters peace, not trepidation.
I need a faith that does not fear.
I need hope.
I need all the things I've heard preachers say Christ can give to His people, but that our church culture seems to strip away and replace with personalities, programs, and processes.
I need Christ in me. Not America's culture of church.