Doomed to Irrelevance

OK, I’m no Jeff Foxworthy, and I’m aware that the whole “You might be “X” if” thing is probably way over played, but gimme some slack.  I’m on Benedryl, my head is crushed with sinus pain, and any minute now I’ll be convulsing in an allergy attack sneeze-fest.

Anywho, as I take stock on this January 5th of what I’d like to see in the next year (different from 2006), my mind wonders a bit to what I’ve witnessed in the church (at large) over the past year and I’m amazed at how often we doom ourselves to irrelevance.

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You might be doomed to irrelevance if…

…you think God’s answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-26 will not involve specific actions on your part.

…you think that there is a difference between helping people obtain a warm meal and a warm coat in the name of Jesus and spreading the Gospel.

…you think giving them soup and a coat are enough.

…you believe worship is only an act for an hour on Sunday.

…you no longer even know how to have a conversation with a non-Christian.

…you believe patriotism and Christianity really can be synonyms.

…you only study to back up what you’ve already concluded.

…you haven’t read a book since 1968 and are proud of it.

…you value opinion over relationship.

…you will fight to separate, but do nothing to unite.

…you don’t think you can learn much from those with whom you disagree, but are convinced they have much to learn from you.

…you think you can be hateful in the name of “truth”.

…you’ve spent more time condemning hand-clapping in worship than you have spent raising your hands in prayer.

…you’re still thinking of the last sentence and are trying to proof-text “scriptural” reasons that you don’t raise your hands in prayer.

…you believe the Holy Spirit of the Living God is nothing more than a glorified reading comprehension skill.

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4 Responses to Doomed to Irrelevance

  1. MommyHAM says:

    Nodding along…yup.

    I chuckled at the hand clap thing – I know some people like that. One thing I’ve learned – we also doom ourselves to irrelevance when we focus on changing those minds….when there is much work to be done still.

  2. James says:

    Yep, you’re right about that.

  3. shannon says:

    Around here it’s Christianity=Patriotism=Capitalism

  4. Wow. I would have to agree with your list. The truth hurts. It’s sad that this describes so many of our brethren.

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