You would expect Christians to proclaim Christ but they actually proclaim church instead. Why do I say this? Consider their rhetoric. They indeed will talk about Christ, but their end goal is to get you to go to church. They don’t always insist that it be their church, but in their minds some church is necessary. In other words, they don’t believe it is possible to follow Christ without belonging to a church.
The problem with this is that going to church involves a set of behaviors that have nothing to do with following Christ. Instead, those behaviors promote church. What are those behaviors? First and foremost, regular church attendance. From this flows the others: tithing, volunteering, and so on. Now, some of the giving and volunteering helps the poor, and that’s good to the extent that it occurs. But most of the giving and volunteering is to support the church. All these behaviors siphon away a person’s energy instead of funneling it into serving the Lord.
If you would follow Christ, follow Him. He said to love God above all, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. You can – and should – do this at home, at work, at school. You certainly don’t need to go to some other building called a church where there is a whole new group upon whom you can bestow this love.
Would that Christians stop proclaiming church and give all their energy to proclaiming Christ. He is Lord!
Bible notes on this post.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a group.