Sunday musings - the Church

Monday, 19 September 2011

| | | 7 drops in the ocean
Whilst I was in Latvia (and I will tell you all about that soon, but I need to get this off my chest first) we were having a conversation amongst our team, which has just come back to me, and got me thinking.

The Church.  Some go as a Sunday obligation, others to socialise, and some to actually worship God, hear his word and share fellowship with each other.  Today I was thinking about the latter group.  In the church today, we sing lots of songs, many of which are good songs, praising God and what He has done.  But how much do we think about what we are singing?  Sometimes I feel like aspects of the gospel are romanticised and dramatised in our songs, as if they need dressing up, to make them more palatable (not just in songs, but that is my main area of focus at the moment).  Sometimes I feel like we are focussing on a few aspects of God, the ones we feel comfortable with, like His love, mercy etc (which is great, nothing wrong with that) and forgetting that His love meant sending His Son to die on a hard wooden cross...
We use flowery imagery for the Cross and romanticise it like it is something out of a Hollywood movie.  To put it another way, there are a lot of wishy-washy songs out there that are all very nice, but they do not convey the reality of God's word.

Are we becoming wishy-washy Christians?

Ephesians 6 describes how we need to put on the full armour of God in order to take our stand against evil.  The church today needs Men (and strong Women) who will be able to stand firm.  We are in end times; the forces of darkness are closing in.  Today God is calling his Bride to 'arise, shine' and be a light in the darkness.  More than ever, we need to be able to stand, and keep standing.  So are you dressed and ready for battle?

A fellow blogger, Josh, over at his Perspectives blog, has expanded a bit on my post, so do check it out as he has adeptly summed up what I could not put into words myself.