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Christians read and hear in the news about the crisis in America and they stand in panic mode. When the need for the church is at its peak, they are closing their doors. The reasons they are closing has to do with the lack of money or people. It seems that when the congregation is in a money crisis, the church also suffers loss.
Not only are the churches in a crisis mode because of money, but also a lack of teaching that will cause the people to see the need for God. I have been in churches that will not preach hell or on sin, because the people don’t want to hear about these things. Most say we have enough doom and gloom in our lives with the government and the economy like it is, and they want to blame their problems on the president or the party with which they are not affiliated.
I recently heard Gerald Grabb teach at a local church and he brought out some good points. One was this, for ages the people of God did not want God. He spoke of how that when Moses was leading God’s people, they did not want God, they wanted a golden calf.
When the Romans were working to get Jesus on the cross, the people had a choice of Jesus or Barabbas. The people choose Barabbas.
So it seems that this train of thought goes on today. He said that if we are given a choice of football or Jesus, football will most often win out. Even with a team like our local team that loses more than they win, people will choose football.
The Bible is not something that you see too often, even in the church. I remember when preachers taught folks to bring their Bible to church, now they have those big screens with the scriptures on them so you are not burdened with carrying that big old time book to church. Heaven knows someone might see it and think you politically incorrect.
Then the question is, ‘Do you want Jesus?’
(Mason Barker is the pastor of Eagle Ministries. He may be reached at 859-428-2554.)