13 October 2007

My Jesus Would Never be Accepted in my Church

There is this song by Todd Agnew called My Jesus. In fact I posted the video here not long ago. (If you click on it, you'll have to scroll down.) It is one of those songs that just sticks with you. I can hear this song as if it were streaming through my head, day and night. Lately it has gotten stronger, louder, clearer - compelling me to think about what it means to live like Jesus. There is just one place where I get stuck - two little lines that irk me -
Cause my Jesus would never be accepted in my church
The blood and dirt on His feet might stain the carpet
The question rings in my thoughts - why - why would you go to a church where Jesus, if he walked in the back door, would not be welcome? What is a church that values the carpet or the environment or programs or cleanliness or policies more than Christ? It is nothing but a country club with a religious focus. I don't need a "club" to belong to, I'd rather belong to the body of Christ. I don't need a denomination, I'd rather be a lover and follower of Jesus. My Jesus.

5 comments:

  1. All I can say to that is AMEN SISTER!!

    Sometimes I feel like the church my family attends is a "country club church" but God has us there for a reason.

    Maybe it is to set an example of loving the dirty footed guy coming in the back door?

    Good post!

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  2. I like his music! I bought his Grace Like Rain CD when it first came out a few years ago and instantly loved it! Great song!

    Connie

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  3. I know there are churches like that out there, but we all know that their focus is wrong. We are part of a church that keeps Jesus as the main thing. Doesn't mean our church is the best or perfect by any means- because it is filled with humans, it takes a lot of corporate prayer to stay that way. Little things are not made an issue of, though I have seen my pastor spot cleaning the carpet! I hope that you will find some good fellowship in the Lord in your area. You would be awesome to have in a church to keep everyone "real".

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  4. I think, sadly, that couplet is true of MOST American churches. I love that song because it is such an indictment of the "country club" mentality that we have where we care more about facilities and programs than people.

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