Finding God's Winning Spirit

Testimony: Part 1

July 6, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity

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On the way home from church the other day I was listening to a sermon on the radio and the pastor said, "The number one reason people say they don't go to church is because they've been there before." I could hear laughter from the congregation and had to chuckle myself. Because I had not heard the whole sermon I am not sure where he had been or where he was going with this homily, but it was a great line.

This line stuck with me the whole week and became less humorous as days went by.  I'm not sure the pastor originally wrote it as comic relief or if we as church members have become de-synthesized to the criticism of non-church goers. You know what I mean, all those people who say they don't go to church because the people there are no better than they are. We typically blow them off knowing that they're probably using us as scapegoats for something they just don't want to do. We traditionally reply with, “Churches are full of sinners and that is why we go.” After all, this is their problem not really ours.

You know what haunts me? What if there is some truth in what they say? Instead of us saying, "Going to church doesn't necessarily make us better than you therefore you need to come", we should say, "Those of us who know Christ are significantly different you should come.” In reality we as Christians should be somewhere in the middle between saying/acting like we are perfect knowing we are not and telling everyone else that we are no better off than they are.

There needs to be a difference between believers and non-believers.  Think about it, would you join a financial group where every member eventually files bankruptcy, would you join a workout program where every member gains 100 pounds or a skydiving club in which no parachutes open? – I don’t think so! You join a group because you want what they have or achieved. Church should be no different. The real gut wrenching truth is that we may not be modeling what it means to be a Christian corporately of individually.

What makes us different? How does knowing Christ make us unique and into someone others want to be? That is the hard part – that is the good part.

I will share my thoughts on this in Part 2.

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