In my last article I asked the simple question, "What has happened to the church?" As I take a look at the news today, I find another attention-seeking pastor jumping on the judgment bandwagon. It seems there are those who want to be the sword of God rather than the light of God.
North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley delivered a "sermon" filled with anger, judgment and the all too typical "everyone else is messed up but me" thinking. This, on the heels of Pastor Sean Harris and his angry "sermon" also filled with the same. While both pastors were speaking about homosexuality, there is a deeper spiritual issue here.
The Bible is clear when it comes to sin, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23 NIV). Also consider these words for the apostle John, "When he comes [The Holy Spirit] he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8 NIV). In short, every one of us commits some kind of sin and God will do the judging and have the final word.
The Bible is also clear about the mission of His church, "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16 NIV) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expressly calls Christ-followers to be "light" and have "good deeds". Rather than anger and condemnation coming from the pulpit, it's time for light and a spurring on toward good deeds. God doesn't need any help judging; He's got it under control.
It's sad to see attendance at church dwindle every week. Church leaders wonder why people aren’t interested. It's really a small group of pastors who are getting all the headlines. Not all churches are the same. Some choose to let God be God and teach about light, forgiveness and God's desires for His creation. Don't judge a book by its cover; especially if the cover seems to be filled with anger. There’s more to the story…