"Over-Churched and Underwhelmed"
- Written by Rob Wilson Rob Wilson
I borrowed that statement from a pastor in Nashville, Darren Whitehead. I’ve been watching and reading some from the website Qideas.org. It’s a movement that came out of the research Gabe Lyons and David Kinnaman did in the book “Unchristian”. It intrigues me to see where others are in their pursuit of God and living out that purpose in real life. Is the church impacting the culture in a positive way or just in a negative way? How are we doing? That statement I believe has a huge impact and could be very reflective of a lot of communities that may have several churches but few followers of Christ.
Over-churched may reflect those who have always done the church thing but not necessarily for the right reason. Sunday worship, Wednesday Bible study, serving on Great Banquet teams, ministering to the jail, mission trips, local missions, VBS and doing youth group may be on the schedule but what are truly the matters of the heart. Mike Ladd just shared with us about a trip to Jamaica to serve on a team and he was asked, “What is your motivation for being here.” What is our motivation? Are we motivated out of gratitude or shame? Do we do whatever we do for acclaim or with humility? Do we truly recognize the object of our faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, or are we just trying to keep commands better than the status quo?
Jesus challenged listeners to hear what they had been told and live out that faith. In Matthew’s Gospel account we read Jesus referring to what He spoke through the prophet Hosea, “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6. Jesus was challenging the folks of the church to live out their faith with all their hearts, minds, souls and strength, not to just go through the motions of faith but rather have a faith that shapes every aspect of who we are. It’s okay if people look at you like your weird and it’s okay if you’re part of the minority because it’s been like that for a long, long time. Our loyalty is to God and our lives should reflect that. That is why our desire for justice and mercy is motivated by how we have been justified by what Christ did for us in His sacrifice, and we are growing in that knowledge and faith daily. So let’s wake up and be overwhelmed by the majesty of our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer and King. God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good!
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
In Christ’s Love,
Want to see more of what I’m talking about. Go to Qideas.org and investigate all they have. Or maybe you want to be involved with having Q Commons here in Madisonville to address the issues we have, and how they could be changed.