Saturday Rant

Angles and prophets carried a message of hope and God’s great deeds in ages past. Now, celebrity preachers write books, travel to conferences, and leave pulpits to further their ministry. Why do our methods of proclaiming the topsy-turvy kingdom of God now look so sleek,so familiar to our internet culture? Inverting the old ways just leads to something we are comfortable with, something like us, something devoid of prophetic life.

The value of a martyr is not that they are brave enough to die. The true glory of martyrdom is the life preceding the death, a life that by its very way of expression proclaims something so different, so other, so holy they powers that be deem it as a threat to their familiar, their safe, their way of wielding power.

So, why does a blessed christian life look so much like the American dream? Why do pastors we think successful look like CEO’s, motivational speakers, and entrepreneurs?

The danger of conforming to the world is not that we will end up looking like the unwashed masses. The real devastation comes when our life loses its prophetic voice because the home we point to looks exactly like the demon of success. Maybe we should sell everything we have, give the money to the poor, and follow Jesus… not because poverty is more spiritually pure, but rather because that kind of action is so unfamiliar to our beautiful, savvy culture that shops at Ikea.

If our Message is Jesus and his new kind of life, should we really be telling people Jesus will give them everything they have ever day dreamed of?

  • Beautiful post, Aaron. It disturbs me how quickly the church is willing to adopt the ways of the world – looking more like a business with powerful CEOs, rather than the body Christ called us to be, willing to look so drastically different that we are persecuted.

    Thank you for this.

    • Jason, while I don’t thing that persecution is a goal we should strive for, I do think that there is a fear of it that we the church mask in then name of relevance. In other words: our desire to be seen as culturally savvy and relevant to the times often times covers over a deep fear we have of being mocked and/or deemed second class because of what we actually believe.

      I’m not saying that we should ignore the times and cultures we live in. I think relevance is important to a truly prophetic life. But that fear or being scorned by men is something that we do need to address in order to grow as the body of Christ.

  • The main thing I look at is are leaders serving themselves or others. Christ called us to be servant leaders, but often once fame comes into play we begin to think we are better than everyone else and forget that the last shall be first. 

    Also, Galatians 6 mentions the importance of loving everyone, but especially the family of the church. Leaders need to be careful not to forsake their own family and church to reach others, because there is nothing worse than losing your home base.

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