Christian, Thou Art Decaying!
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
I wanted to talk a little bit about how Christianity has NOT been a good steward of what God has given. If we want a culture that honors God, then we need to honor God in Christianity. This is a tremendous challenge facing churches today.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
-1 Corinthians 4:2
This country was founded on freedom to worship God! I don’t care what people say, that is the truth. Because we decided to found this country on Biblical principles God has blessed it tremendously. Unfortunately not everyone agreed and they began to change this country in a way that kicked God out of every area of life! So this mighty institution called the Church said to itself that this will pass and they did nothing. Prayer was ripped out of schools, and the Ten Commandments were ripped out of culture what did the church do? The Church did NOTHING!
So now when we look at our culture and we see one of the most decadent and decaying cultures around. I am talking within the Church not just in the “world”. We no longer see God at the center of anything in the culture and this has spread over into the Church. You know what the sad part is? It is not that the Church just did nothing about it, no they did something worse. The Church has decided to adopt the values of the world (known as syncretism). What? Yes the Church has! Christians today don’t worship God in Spirit and IN TRUTH. Christians today can’t tell you about the Second Book of Hezekiah! Wait did I just write Hezekiah? Yes I did! I wonder how many of the “Christians” reading this didn’t even know that there is NO Second Book of Hezekiah! I made it up. Why did I just do that? Hopefully to draw some people to the fact that the Bible amongst Christians isn’t that well-loved anymore! No Christians are too busy adopting the culture rather than studying God’s Word.
What other things have I seen that show that Christianity is falling away from God? Well, when a pastor says he is divorcing his wife because God told him to do that and take a new wife and he doesn’t lose his entire congregation and isn’t shamed out of ministry, something is wrong! When a Christian can visit a strip club on Saturday and get drunk and walk into church and teach Sunday school, something is wrong! When young people can live together without being married and still “serve” in church functions, something is wrong! When church splits happen and no one thinks they are wrong (read 1 Timothy chapter 1), something is wrong! When a minister can do as they please, and often does what is in their best interest rather than others, and no one calls them out on it, something is wrong! Yes, something in Christianity stinks with the smell of decayed rotting flesh!
How did Christianity get here? Because the church stopped clinging to God and started to be “sensitive to the seeker.” This change has happened gradually over a period of time and is something that the Church (universal) needs to address. This situation is not found in all congregations/churches but is happening to the Church (universally speaking). So what can you as an individual do? Just do what the Bible says. Be a good steward of God’s Word and be a good steward of the things He blessed you with and you will see a change in Christianity and a change in the culture as a result. We need to get down on our knees and pray with fervency that God would cause repentance to come on His people. We need to beg God to start a change in our own lives and pray that it will spread to others.
What will you do today? The choice is yours.