Church – JUST STOP IT!

Some of you will recall this classic from Bob Newhart:

I am not sorry. I am not hesitant. I am not a prophet.

But I have a voice.

The light always shines brightest against a dark background.

It is dark.

The truth of the gospel should…must…be lived, proclaimed, modeled.

And what are “we” (the Body) generally doing?

Yelling at each other.

About “crucial” things.

Implying there is only one Christian answer to complex issues.

Such as, Jack?

I’m glad you asked…

Masks (and I don’t give a rip which side you come down on…you are not on the “Christian” side)

Church Openings (and I don’t give a rip which side you come down on..there is no ‘one size fits all’

Politics…primarily¬†presidential (and I don’t give a rip who you are for..or against) And here is where I will “lose” many of you…are you ready?…you can (gasp) be a Democrat and a Christian simultaneously

End Times…and I don’t give a rip if you are pre trib, mid trib, post trib, don’t give a trib…Quit worrying how it’s going to end and redeem the time you have now and try to live in such a way that you won’t be ashamed at His coming.

STOP IT!

Recognize we are brothers and sisters in Christ…but not identical twins.

And here’s a bit of what-it-should-be-for-us:

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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