This may seem silly or ridiculous (and, of course it is), but this, to me, pretty accurately depicts how the majority of the world sees Christianity... and rightly so! Out-dated, cheesy, shallow and just down right ignorant. Now I'm not contradicting what I state on here frequently when I encourage us to stand out by living in a Kingdom that is not of this world. Nor am I encouraging churches to spend more money to be "relevant" and tech-savvy (as if that is even necessary). However, it is time to leave behind all programs, forms, organizational stereotypes and live as Ambassadors for Christ. I will do whatever it takes to live a life that is deemed worthy, whatever that looks like. But, I won't be some corny, church-ified dork just because that's what everybody else does.
To those who are just attending church functions and going through the religious motions, I urge you to step back and take a look at yourself. Who are you? Why do you do what you do? Has your Christianity become a packaged and predictable ritual or is it a vibrant relationship with your Creator that is fueled solely by intimacy with Him? Does "outreach", Sunday School and VBS define your Christianity or does your daily walk with the LORD?
For those of us who have left the positional and organizational church in order to follow Christ without bounds and the traditions of men, are we portraying the realities of The Christ in our everyday lives? Can someone look at the fruit of our lives and, without any hesitation see fruits of the Kingdom? We've forsaken trinkets and gimmicks, but are our lives enough? Is the reality of our walk with the LORD so alive that we are eminating His attributes in every situation that we find ourselves in? Are we truly walking according to the Spirit? If not, we're no closer to Kingdom living than the average pew-sitter!
I'm just personally growing so weary of Christianity fueling the worlds mockery. Money hungry whorers of the Gospel all over the television - "preachers" who only dictate their own personal agendas - self-proclaimed "Believers" who have absoltuely no evidence of biblical salvation - my own lack of preparedness to go forth in power and authority that is mine in Christ. My friend, we are a Body that is in need of an encounter! An encounter with the LORD Himself. Until one walks as not of this world, he will continue to be of it - seduced and enamored with its evil desires. It may be incremental, but even "a little leaven ruins the whole loaf". Oh to be completely rid of the worlds ways and boundaries!
So I say once again, Wake oh sleeping Church! Dry-boned Body of Christ, come alive! The world is dying, but more importantly, the world is living without the knowledge of the Saviour. How else will they know? How else will they hear? The fields are ripe - let us address ourselves so that we can go out and bring in the great harvest!