Evangelicals Sadden Me


Evangelicals Sadden Me

I will not mince words. I believe that the evangelical mainstream has become focused entirely on the wrong things.
We have become focused on externals instead of internals. “Good Christians” are judged by irrelevant issues, ones that
Jesus never addressed, like what we inhale, what we drink and the words we choose to use, while materialist greed
infests our Christian establishment. We are sterilized. We are comfortable in our pews. No one wants to get their
hands dirty anymore. We choose the sterile atmosphere of our churches to the smoky hazy of bars accompanied by its
faint smell of vomit. Hearing “bad” words and seeing “bad” things may make us uncomfortable, but certainly not unclean.
Mark 7:15 says, “Nothing outside of a man can make him unclean by going in to him. Rather it is what comes out
of a man that makes him unclean.” Instead of trying to foster a personal and sometimes mystical relation with GOD, we
are rushed into an artificial “ministry” while we ourselves are still swallowing pablum. A ministry that degrades people to the
significance of “targets for the gospel” is no ministry at all. And we wonder why we are so ineffective.
Sometimes I think we as mainstream evangelicals have missed the whole point of Christ. Christ came to show us who GOD is.
Christ was GOD. The religious people of the time were bound up in disagreement – how do we worship, how do we pray,
how do we live? When Christ came, they did not recognize him because they never knew GOD. Their god was their religion.
They rejected Christ because he was so contrary to their perceptions of who he should be. His message was of love, not
judgment. Forgiveness, not vengeance. We are now the whitewashed tombs. We’ve forgotten the true message of Christ.
It saddens me to see people take Christ and warp his life to achieve their own agenda. The Christian Coalition is attempting
to overthrow America with its right-wing pro-greed policies, all in the name of Christ. Not once in his recorded life did
Jesus speak about the government of his day, despite living under the Roman Empire, arguable the most brutal rule in all
of history. I look around me today, and I’m not sure if we know GOD either.
I’ve head so many people talk about the “Will of GOD.” I suggest this: GOD’s will for your life is simply to be
in right relation with Him. To reduce GOD’s will for you life to a specific course of actions is not only absurd, it
is impossible to follow. If I am always in right relation with Christ, if I have completely surrendered everything
I have, material goods or bads, lust, pride, fear, worry, then I am in GOD’s will. This is when GOD does beautiful things.
He changes us. He changes our pride to humility. He changes our rage to peace. He gives us unselfish love. This is where
Jesus’ ministry began. It was not based on a mental decision to change the world. He loved. He spoke on his passions. The
passions of GOD. He brought the kingdom of GOD to their lives. It is only when we begin surrendering everything that GOD
will change us. We will become a burning flame, devoid of self, completely consumed in the full life that GOD has to offer.
I’m afraid I see little of this in our world now. But the tides of fire are coming.
A wise man, I do believe it was me (ha ha), once said that life is continual process of avoiding ruts. Today’s Christians
end up following yesterday’s Christians instead of Christ. I challenge all who read this to grind out their salvation
with sweat and blood, in fear and trembling before an almighty GOD instead of getting stuck in our parent’s lifestyles.
Step into the fullness GOD has to offer.

Kyle Armstrong

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