One night recently while up praying, I heard these words.
“The church risks becoming irrelevant to society in the coming days if it doesn't shift from a complaining mentality about what's happening in our world to a solution minded mentality. Our nation may be shaking right now, but God is not. He's looking for a rising remnant. He's calling for a sleeping giant called His Church to awaken and take their place.”
In the days since, these words continue coming back to me. Coming back in a way that demands a response. A “so what are you going to do about this?” response. All it takes is a cursory glance at social media to see what the response of the church is to current events. Our comments, retorts, sarcasm, and dare I say belligerence, is almost equal to those we disagree with. Oh the blatant curse words are replaced with what is considered appropriate Christian lingo such as idiots, deranged, and such, but the attitude and intent behind it is coming across loud and clear. The problem with this kind of response is that it in no way points toward the righteousness of God. It only points in accusation at how evil, stupid, and irredeemable we believe those are that do not live lives that align with our belief system.
Therein lies how the church risks’ becoming irrelevant in changing the very society that so desperately needs a Savior. Romans 5:8 tells us “But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.” Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Guess what, most of the world is still wasting their lives in sin. And yet the Anointed One died for them also. And we who have had our eyes enlightened are calling them fools, idiots, and regenerates and God is calling them the lost that He came to save. The very ones that He told to go and make them disciples are too busy slandering and hating them to make them disciples.
So when the Lord said to me that we needed to switch to being solution minded rather than complaining about them, I had to really think about how to do that. The question we need to ask is who is discipling the nations right now? The answer is Hollywood, the media, music, culture, television, and the education system. The church has given over the job they were called to do to these entities and has barricaded itself within the four walls of the church building. We have taken the command of Christ in Matthew 28:19 to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” to mean that we huddle together in our small groups and disciple one another while looking out and saying how bad everyone is outside of our walls. Our walls include not only the physical walls of the church, but also the walls of our opinions, our theology, and the amount of grace and love we are willing to extend.
To make myself clear, I am not endorsing nor agreeing with the craziness of thinking that is going on in our world today. It has definitely hit a level of lawlessness that we have never seen before. But what is your response to it? Is it complaining about it and making your opinions and contempt loudly known on social media? Is it hopelessness? Is it anger? If our response in this hour is anything other than crying out for God’s solutions then we have missed the mark.
I am reminded of a story I once heard about a young man with Down Syndrome who worked as a bagger in a grocery store. He decided that he wanted to be the best bagger in the store. He went home one night and asked his father to help him type up inspirational quotes and cut them out. He took these strips of papers with quotes on them and began putting them in the bags of his customers. It made him happy to spread joy to other people. The customers loved finding the quotes so much that they began waiting in line just to have him bag their groceries. He was discipling the nations around him. He could have complained that they were grouchy; that his job was boring, or that he would rather be anywhere else than at work. But he chose another route. And as a result the customers responded and began seeking him out.
We need to choose another route. We need to choose to search until we find another way to disciple the nations that we have been placed in the midst of. Maybe your nations are in the business world, your neighborhood, your family, or just your social media friends. It doesn’t matter the size, it just matters what you do in the midst of it. When Matthew tells us to make disciples, it means to be one by Christ’s example just as much as it means to teach them God’s ways.
It’s time for the Church to step up its game. The appointed time for the sleeping giant to awaken and arise to what we are called to do in this hour is upon us. We are being asked to seek until we find the solutions to disciple the nations. We have within our midst the ability to change the paradigm of culture if we will only change our own paradigm first. Look into the enemy’s camp and see how he has been discipling the nations and then find a way to do it better. You are a son, not a slave. Slaves complain about their circumstances and about the ones they feel hold them captive. Sons go to their Father for advice and wisdom. You have within you the Creator of everything your eye can see and so much more. He has treasure troves of plans that He has been holding for this time in history. Will you be one that chooses to relinquish the attributes of a slave or orphan mentality and learn to walk in sonship? It’s time to arise and shine.