Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I Have Met The Enemy....

I was listening to a song by Sean Smith on my ipod at work today, and part of the lyrics go like this:

"trust Me now and make My glory known, bring to Me the heart that you have hidden, bring to Me what you don't understand, follow as you should, you weren't called because you could, you were called because I can"

As a preacher & a pastor, often I feel very inadequate at what I do. Often I don't feel as though I connect with anyone....and yet God shows me time and time again, that it is not about me, it is about Him.

This song just reminded me that I need to remember that in all things, the goal is to draw myself and others closer to Christ. I am scared every time I get in the pulpit. I am a shy individual, and yet I have no doubt that God has called me to do what I am doing.

From these thoughts I started to to think about our country and the church. It seems that the country is sinking spiritually. Every time I turn around there is another whacked out religious nut ( the latest, some guy in Flordia who claims to be Jesus and has a satellite ministry, huge church, etc), or the church is pointing fingers at the gays, or the democrats, or the feminists.

If we will be obedient to all that God has told us to do in the Word, then these issues would not be issues. It's not about what we can do, but what He can and will do if we will get out of the way and let Him.

The people who claim to be christians too often act no different from the rest of the world....and so we have no influence....no saltiness.

The problem with the spiritual condition in the world is not the fault of the liberal media, the gay movement, the feminist movement, the public school system, the democarts or Darth Vader (ok, just threw that last one in to see if you are paying attention).

The problem with the spiritual condition of the world is the church.

I have met the enemy, and he is us.

Lord, help us to be what we claim to be.

Help us to live as we know we should live.

Enable us to love as you love.

Bring revival to your people Lord, and then we can take the living water to a dry and thristy world.

I encourage you to do a google search and check out some of the great revivials that this country has experienced. I guarntee that you will be amazed. Hopefully I can post some links later this week.

Ok, so there's that.
Pastor Dave


veronica said...

Since we have been studying "Downpour" on Wednesday nights I'm beginning to see that much of the problems many of us (church) face are because of our complacency. It's obvious that people everywhere are "thirsty" for the presence of God, but their need goes unmet because God's people are avoiding the fountain of God and drinking from wells that dont hold water (Jer. 2:11-13) We have become zealous about worldly things: entertainment, politics and the list goes on and on. No wonder we are so thirsty.We so need to see God for who He is-HOLY. As children of a holy God we are called to reflect what God is like. "Our lives are supposed to make God believable to our world. As they see His image reflectd in us, they will be moved to worship and to glorify Him." (I love the way God speaks to us through devotionals). Thank you Pastor Dave for doing your part in helping us to focus on the Holiness of who God is.

I'm Just Another Blogger, said...

How is Henry and his family doing?