I have been listening to a lot of different sermons lately. Some of the greatest pastors in the world have been speaking to my heart recently. Francis Chan, Rob Bell, Erwin McManus, Chuck Swindoll, Andy Stanley, Don Miller, et cetera. Thank you iTunes and podcasts. Wonderful technology. Many, many people who have a great connection with God, these people are. These guys don’t get it wrong most of the time. They speak God’s heart more clearly than most people I have heard. These are people that others come to for advice like Will, in his blog titled “Words” on July 3rd, was talking about in his blog.
Anyway, Rob Bell was talking about parachurch organizations and other similar agencies. He asked the question, “Why do these groups exist?” He answered his own question by saying, “They exist because the church didn’t do the job Jesus gave it to do.” The church just ends up writing the checks for these groups and not doing any of the work. He also says that when most people think about changing the world, they do not think of going to the church to do it.
He also did a word association exercise: Seminary student, do you think of a radical, revolutionary kid? Church membership, do you think of revolution or boredom?
Amazing. I want to be a part of the change. I want to be a radical. I want to revolutionize the way the church exists in our culture. I want to be a part of the difference. In the words of Michael Jackson, “I am starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways and no message could have been clearer, if you wanna make the world a better place , take a look at yourself and then change.” That is my heart. Change me, God. I can’t do anything for anyone else, if I’m not right.
“Can the church be converted to the great causes of our day?” was a question posed to one of the leading frontiers of change in the culture. A man who has been seeking to lead our country into love and hospitality. This man is not a Christian, and he was asked this question by a fellow staff member of Rob Bell, “can the church be converted to the great causes of our day?” This man answered no, because they only care about themselves. Let’s prove him wrong but loving our neighbors and getting out of our comfort zone to serve. Jesus came to serve; He called us to do the same.