The Insane Church

Many Churches suffer from insanity. Before you get defensive read the next sentence. The definition of insanity: Doing the same things you’ve always done and expecting a different result.

Now what do you think?

What is the goal of the Christian Church? No need to guess. Jesus told us clearly.

Matthew 28: 19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Make disciples, baptize and teach. Sounds simple right?

I was reading the other day about the lengthy training missionaries endure to prepare to enter a foreign country and evangelize its inhabitants. It is a significant undertaking requiring learning new languages, customs, dietary restrictions, etc., etc. It requires the missionary to truly stretch themselves and learn as much as possible about those with whom they intend to live among. Why is this such a difficult thing to do with our next door neighbors?

I don’t think its any harder, I believe its just uncomfortable. I would compare it to sitting in a car with no air conditioning at a red light on a hot and humid August day. We want to get moving as quickly as possible so we can feel comfortable. Let’s see, ‘Make disciples, baptize, teach’. No, ‘stay comfortable’ was not one of Jesus’ commands. So what do you do? If you want a primer read ‘14 reasons to stop evangelizing your friends‘ by Jon Reid.

Getting to the root cause of anything usually requires asking many questions. This is no exception.

How can you make disciples if you don’t know any non-Christians? I’ll admit when I read the book ‘Crazy Love‘ by Francis Chan this concept slapped me in the face like a wet salmon. Like him, when I honestly answered this question I was embarrassed. I knew very few non-Christians. So how was my witness going? Great! I was impressing all my Christian friends with my good works and righteousness. Now that’s really fulfilling the ‘Great Commission’! Bottom line: you must come in contact with non-Christians and interact with them if you plan on building a relationship with them.

How can you baptize if those in need of Christ haven’t heard the good news? If you never begin any relationships with non-believers you will never be an example for them to witness. They’ll never ask you any questions about your actions or beliefs if you never speak to them. Baptism comes second to the relationship they have with you. They can’t see Jesus in you without you. Bottom line: make an effort, you will be held accountable for it.

How can you teach those who don’t care what you have to say? Follow this experiment to prove my point. Give personal advice to a stranger today and watch their response. What you say will have little, if any, affect on them. They don’t know you or value your wisdom and experience. Now try the same thing with some close friends. They will at the very least listen to you. However, your words carry little meaning to even your closest friends if your actions don’t match them. Bottom line: Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Are you insane? What about your Church? What have you done differently today to connect others to Jesus Christ?

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