Saturday, October 8, 2022

The Church in Decline

O Lord!

Much is written about declining church attendance and religious affiliation.

But this isn’t a lamentation. I’m taking the long view, trusting that your power far exceeds the problem.

Many blame society or the culture, but maybe the church has fallen short? It's a self-inflicted wound. Evangelicals have so often embraced the wrong things. The mainline church struggles to stand for important things. Angry Jesus or a watered down Jesus. Not a compelling choice.

And people drifted away. Many sprinted. It’s happened in my own family. My heart breaks.

Could this be an Isaiah 43 moment?

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

  (Isaiah 43:19)

Lord Christ, I don't believe you need the endorsement of politicians, the praise of patriots. You don’t see nationalities or borders. You are recruiting Jesus followers. It’s a grace filled, global program for healers, for servants, for Fruits of the Spirit people.

I am confident you will rework, reconfigure and rebuild your church. Now, how can I help, where can I help with that project? Amen.

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