Christ’s Church all over our nation finds itself in CRISIS MODE concerning ways to accomplish our GREAT COMMISSION. Many writers in HIS CHURCH challenge us, disturb us, exhort us, placate us and occasionally one will inform us and raise our sights to view a work that seems feasible for that particular congregation. The biggest issues I have encountered in getting PCUSA folks to try new planning and initiatives in our mission as CHRIST’S CHURCH : First , apathy birthed in wealth and comfort ; second, great majority of Presbyterians I’ve encountered are afraid to speak openly and publicly about their relationship with Christ. I discern these folks have either settled for a knowledge of Christ as found in ritualistic religion or have not surrendered their hearts to God through Jesus Christ and thus have not personal, intimate relationship with Christ which gives them a passionate love for Christ that leads to excitement to share personally and simply their experience with Christ.
Yez-sir! Preach it! Sock it to those pathetic pew-sitters; beat them into submission to radically following Jesus! His words got me all warmed up for the epic multi-media post I’m planning on to shake mainstream Christendom into abandoning its current forms in favor of the future. Yez-sir! I’m really going to irresistibly inspire people into true, at the roots, lay-it-on-the-line for Jesus changes in their values and priorities.
But my hubris began suffering little pinpricks from a still small voice suggesting that I was hardly a paragon of radical discipleship myself. For weeks my spiritual disciplines have been nonexistent. No prayer time, no scripture, or worship, and little fellowship, and not much writing.
I’ve been a slug; only doing what come easily, choosing sloth over diligence 82.3 percent of the time. I haven’t even qualified for the exalted rank of Pathetic Pew-sitter. I guess my irresistible inspirations will need to wait.