Today, when I awoke this morning, I felt sad, not because of anyone doing something to me, but sad because of the state of things. I sit and watch people down the street sell drugs like it is nothing. I watch the police ride by, and that is all they are doing is riding by, not stopping or investigating, but riding. I see the little children in the streets arguing and fighting like they are adults. I hear about a child who threatened another in school by telling her that her mother was going to shoot her. Hearing this makes me sad. What makes me even sadder is to find out that many of these individuals do not go to church, and we canít get them there, because we are acting just as bad in the church. We speak on fellowship and unity, yet we turn away from that which is not like us because it is different. We donít want to worship with those who are charismatic, because it is not ďbiblical.Ē We donít fellowship with this church because they are too small and not in our league. We segregate against our own race in addition to others because they are not of our social statuses. We are not willing to come together for the common good, and that is to further the kingdom of God, but instead, we would rather continue to allow the enemy to dwell within us by tearing others down at all cost. If we are not growing, then we dare anyone else to. We take on an attitude of ďhow dare you get that when I canít or how dare you shout and praise God, when I have not received my breakthrough.Ē We would rather complain about God blessing someone else than praising God for the blessing of your brother or sister. Our witnessing is not effective in the streets, because it is not effective in the churches. Our witnessing is tainted because we act so much like those in the streets, acting as if we donít know God. We lie in church, we steal in church, we cuss in church, we commit adulterous relationships in church, and we backbite in the church, in addition to other things. We turn our noses up at people as if we are better than others, and the truth be told, all those things we do in church are the same things that are being done out here in the streets. Our jobs are to be witnesses for Christ, effective witnesses, but how effective is your witnessing, if you are still bound by those things that God wants you to be delivered from. How are we to be effective in our witnessing if we are allowing ourselves to be bound? How are we to work toward the kingdom of Heaven coming if we can not get along with our selves and others? How do we expect to get along with those that are different from us in Heaven in we donít even make and attempt to get along with them on earth. We donít trust this person or that person, but arenít we all Godís children? We often hear preachers preach these things on Sunday, and we all appear to get real excited about the sermon and say we are going to change, yet that change last every bit of 30 minutes, and sometimes even less.
A change has to come, racism has to end, backbiting has to end, and treating each other like gum on the bottom of a shoe has to end. We need to love and be loving. Jesus Christ was not condemning, but loving. The greatest judge that ever lived was not judgmental. The greatest King there ever was, yet the most humble person ever. Why then do we make ourselves out to be more than Jesus? Who appointed us to judge others who have sinned? What makes us think that we donít have to love those who are different from us? What makes us think that we are more than people who are different from us? What makes us think that we know better than Jesus, or that we know more than Jesus? As a matter of fact, when did we ever get on the cross and give our lives for others? We really need to be about the business of God than trying to further our own kingdom. We need to realize that we have to stop hating and stop killing and stop lying and cheating. We need to raise our children according to the scriptures, ďtrain them up in the manner that God requires us to.Ē Instead of dropping our kids off at church, we need to stay with them. We need to have a ďbring your parent to church day.Ē We need to stop judging children who grow up in the projects and whose parents donít come with them to church because of one thing or another, and teach them that they are special and spend time with them. We need to meet the parents of the children who come to church without them so that they will know who is helping their child, and my goodness, in the process, you can witness to the parents as well. If you want to win a parent over, show a positive interest in their child. We have to stop killing each other off because we feel like that personís life is not precious. God created all persons, an since God created it, then it is precious to God. The more that us church folks continue to be self-righteous and judgmental; the more we are keeping others away from Christ. Again, many people think that the church is full of hypocrites, but the church is for sin sick people, and once you have been introduced to Doctor Jesus, then you should not remain the same. My heart aches and is grieved for this world and those who dwell within, because our agendas have changed. We are about doing for ourselves instead of doing for God. We think that we have forever, yet tomorrow is not even a guarantee to us. My heart aches and bleeds because there are people in this world who are dying without being introduced to God. My heart aches because there are people who are afraid to come to church for fear of being chastised and criticized. My heart is breaking because there is someone who wants to know God, but there is no one willing to tell them. This is a 911 situation. People are dying and no one seems to care. This brings me to my final question, if you were to die tomorrow, are you sure you are going to heaven, are you sure your children know God, and if not, then who would train your children? Be Blessed.
Denise Watson-Smith (Dee Dee)
May 17, 2006 4:53 PM
"We often hear preachers preach these things on Sunday, and we all appear to get real excited about the sermon and say we are going to change, yet that change last every bit of 30 minutes, and sometimes even less." -- This brings up a thought that is on my mind a lot lately. I hear so much advice being given, but see so little action being taken. We seem to have all the answers and solutions, but few seem to want to be the dispenser, the one who actually does something. Why is not shoe leather added to our faith? Hopefully your article will get some motivated. Thomas