“God is light. There is no darkness in Him.” 1 John 1:5
I read it again. “God is light. There is no darkness in Him.” None. No evil. No sin. No casualness. No passiveness. Nothing in Him that would lower any standards of the Cross.
As I saw this sign outside of a Temple in Thailand my mouth dropped and I couldn’t believe it. Are you kidding me? They actually have guidelines of how you should dress at a Temple? I took a picture of it and as I walked away I became angry. I became angry and started to cry how we don’t even have respect like this at Churches for our God. It’s not about “rules” it’s about showing respect. People show more respect coming to a gold statue to sacrifice their time and money than we do showing up to Church worshipping a God Who is supposed to be alive in us.
How much respect do we really have for our God? I see Churches today ADVERTISE that you can come as you are. Advertise! Why do they even do this? Because today we have casual Christians instead of serious Christians. Nobody wants to change. Nobody wants to be holy. Nobody wants to live that kind of life. Give me the world AND I’ll have Jesus too. This is the attitude and this is an idea of what the Church has become today. Do we really see it working? Do we really see people being healed? Do we really see teenagers on fire for God? Do we see people striving to be more Christ like? Do we really think that God sent His Son to die for us so we can stay as we are? No. He came so we can come as we are and leave CHANGED.
Buddhist Temples advertising that we need to show respect and we have Christian Church’s advertising “do it your way” so people won’t get offended. So we can have social clubs, entertainment nights, and encouraging sessions of how we need to be just happy and keep positive vibes through the week. I am fired up about this and I know a lot of people won’t agree with me. It’s ok. But this is serious.
We have to ask ourselves are we a casual Christian or a serious Christian?
Chewing gum and playing basketball in the Sanctuary – a place that’s supposed to be set apart and holy, coming with ripped jeans or shorts and flip flops shows that we aren’t expecting much to happen to see the King of Kings, having a set time program for every Sunday shows that it’s all man made rather than Spirit led.
Are we really trying to make an impact to see souls saved or just make them feel like they fit in? Or rather have us fit in with the world.
What have we really done with the Church today? This is not what Christ has intended it to be. He turned over the money tables and the markets in anger. We see this in Matthew 21:12-17 and John 2:13-16. We have turned it into something it shouldn’t be. It’s a House of Prayer. I find it interesting in this passage as well that the lame and the blind didn’t enter the Temple until Jesus was there. Why? Because He wasn’t there in the first place for them to be healed. How sad is that. We need Christ to be there.
People – young and old, teenagers and adults, children and the elderly – need a place to find refuge, get strengthened by the Word of God and filled with His presence. How can we have it when we lost all respect?
We should strive to be holy because He is holy. We should strive to be light for He is light.