One thing I’ve been coming across over and over in this “online world” of church where pastors are trying to be YouTube stars only cringier, rather than actually building a local flock that’s together in a meaningful way, is that churches love to just talk about the social cause of the moment, amplifying the same secular media which is tearing the fabric of our society apart rather than warning against it.
In doing so, they hardly ever mention REAL sins which actually plague the flocks or are hindering our society.
There’s a reason for this. It’s very easy to talk about “social justice” or “systematic racism” or whatnot when no one can get a finger pointed at them. It’s not their fault. It’s the system. It feels good because YOU don’t have to change, it’s just everything around you.
It also defeats the point of the church. It’s not their job to make us “feel good” it’s their job to lead us into better lives to where our lives better reflect Christ. The way you do this is addressing REAL sins, ones people are actually suffering from and can make actual changes to stop doing.
“neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
There’s a long list right there. Ones that hit home. Sexually immoral? How much of the flock is on porn hub every day and yet putting on a smile at the church survices? Adulterers? Did you know that divorce often is just so one of the two members of the marriage can go commit adultery with another — and yes, the Bible has very strict regulations about remarriage. Drunkards? Don’t talk about this one — hell, even I suffer from that and should be changing up my lifestyle. Swindlers? What salesmen have used tactics like this to close a deal in the flock?
There’s a lot of sin in our world, and if we can’t count on our leaders to actually help us by reminding us what we’re supposed to change in our lives, then the leaders are worthless. Who cares if they’re “losing viewers online”. — in the long run, no one’s going to tune in for Diet Secularism when they can get the real deal from everything else in their lives.
The church needs to change and needs to provide a useful function again if it’s going to survive.
Until then, go out and sin no more, brothers and sisters.