TITLE: Whitewash 6-3-2015
By Roy Proctor
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Once upon a time, there was the Church of Self Actualization. It was a church that welcomed most any doctrine of belief. “God is love,” the leadership said. “He’s full of grace. So, join us and we'll all be one happy family.”
The youth department was noted for its outstanding dramas, such as Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, and Fiddler on the Roof. One youth was especially noted for singing “If I Were a Rich Man.” The lyrics of the song inspired him to dedicate his life as a community organizer.
Everyone was shocked when the youth drama team planned to dramatize the story of David and Goliath. “It could display bravery that every young man might gain, if given the right opportunity,” they said.
Their director, Ms. Mary Rightworthy, was elated and talked it up to everyone that would listen. She even wrote the script, making sure it fit all aspects of contemporary correctness and appropriateness.
The rehearsals went well until the one portraying Goliath asked, “Which way do I fall? The script doesn’t say.”
Ms. Rightworthy, and everyone else were dismayed. “I don’t know how I could have left that out?” she said.
The Reverend, who by chance was watching the proceedings, replied, “I don’t know that it really matters. As far as I’m concerned we could do a modern day ‘wipe out’ scene. Those ancient stories need to be updated anyway.”
The visiting youth, who was hand-picked to play the part of David, assumed a place of authority on the floor and spoke up. “Why don’t we consult the Bible?” he said. “Every detail is written out for us.”
The Reverend rose to his feet in anger. “Boy,” he shouted. “Who do you think you are, some God-chosen Bible scholar?”
The youth replied, “Well, Sir, I am chosen of God. He has called me into the drama profession. And I believe the Bible is true from cover to cover.”
“Where do you attend church?” The Reverend replied.
“The Church of the Redeemed, Sir.”
“Oh! You mean you’re one of them?”
The youth smiled and proudly replied, “Yes sir. I am one of them.”
“Well,” The Reverend said, defiantly. “Ms. Rightworthy, I would suggest that we change our drama to something less offensive and not so controversial.”
After Ms. Rightworthy regained her composure she said, “I think that would be a good idea. We are finished for the day.”
As the visiting youth was departing, he walked by The Reverend and said, “He fell face down, sir. And by the way, my name is Rob.”
What I have written here is fictional, or you could even classify it as a fairy tale. But there are churches that are nothing more than a complete “whitewash.” Scenes of this nature happen every day.
I’ve written here of a “whitewash” of drastic proportions. But there are churches that, to varying degrees, represent a partial “whitewash” of God’s truth. I have even been told by a person of a denomination, “Well, there’s a lot in the Bible we don’t believe.”
There are some churches, however, in which full truth is important. The true gospel is preached and the strongholds of unbelief fall as they may. People’s lives are changed for the good. They are set free, healed of sickness, and people are taught ways of renewing their mind.
I like the full truth kind of church. Answers concerning the evils of this fallen world are given. Those that are open to the Lord find a future and a hope.
But how does a church slide so far downward and become a laughing stock of truth and spiritual vitality? The Apostle Paul gives us a clue in his letter to the Galatians. “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-7
Concerted efforts are being launched these days to completely destroy truth. Many do it one bit and a time, creating small compromises of pure truth at every turn. We need to learn truth that God wants to instill into our inner being and hold on to it with all our might.
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