I got on facebook yesterday morning, as I do every morning before heading to work, and what do I see?
It seems as if half of my friends have the same status set:
President Obama has decided that there will no longer be a “National day of prayer” held in May. He doesn’t want to offend anybody. Where was his concern about offending Christians last January when he allowed the Muslims to hold a day of prayer on the capitol grounds. As a Christian American “I am offended.” if you agree copy and paste as your status…
So, I did what I can only assume that many of them did…
You know, search for that statement and read the story for myself.
And then a second story, just so I’m not only hearing one voice.
Everyone does do that, right?
I would like to believe that no one actually just copied and pasted…
Did I leave the room at some point?
When did “tone down [but still making a public proclamation]” come to mean the same thing as “abolish?”
I am neither pro-Obama nor anti-Prayer
I am anti-bandwagon (when adopted in mob mentality, with no basis in Truth), and very much pro-Truth.
Even if, at times, that means standing on the opposite side of the fence, and often it does.
Maybe that is a major part of the problem in our culture today.
Fewer and fewer people are reading articles and looking into issues for themselves.
We just get big ideas from certain key players and just buy into it without a second thought.
For some reason, the Church is one of the greatest purveyors of this type of culture.
Though, admittedly, it does make a lot of sense when you get down to it.
Christianity is a following culture.
As well it should be.
What started Christianity were the actual words “Follow Me.”
Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. And to a more powerful, but less desireable degree, Here.
And that’s great!
The problem, though, is when instead of following Christ, we follow people who follow Christ.
Or more accurately, we follow people who followed people who followed people…who followed people who followed Christ.
And somewhere along the way, truth becomes diluted.
Pastors, authors, speakers, musicians, presidents, athletes…
We follow people who have no more spiritual authority than we do.
Because of their positions and/or popularity, their opinions seem to matter more.
The truth, however, is that they don’t.
One of my favorite Rob Bell quotes is that, “God has spoken, everything else is just commentary.”
So which will it be?
Will we continue to jump on anything that sounds like it might possibly be true?
And spend our lives fighting against those things?
Will we listen for what God has said?
And spend our lives fighting for those things?
As a Church, what would we rather be known for?
The things we are adamantly against?
Or the things we are passionately for?
Will we choose to educate ourselves?
Or allow our faith to be dictated to us?
Peace and love.