Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MAY 31 "I CRIED OUT"

   How many times does the Psalmist tell us, "I cried out...."  and he goes on to write, "your word unfolded to me".  This is what our generation would call " ol' school Christianity".  Today's Christian tries to get by by joining themselves to some fancy mega Church, with a dynamic motivational speaker and a dynamic, moving worship concert. They leave that place, Sunday morning, somewhat moved, somewhat enlightened as one who has just attended some kind of seminar, but as the week presses on and they tune in to their T.V. programs, movies, work & other activities, they find themselves in that same place, mentally, emotionally and for sure, spiritually and the cycle goes on.  In between is divorces, child custody battles, drama, alcoholism, abusive relationships, verbal and some times physical....and this becomes what we know to be "the church" today. The reality is, there is only one kind of Christianity. and it's the 'ol school. The question is,...."how's the new school Christianity working for you?"  It's not! Statistics show the divorce rate for professed Christians is just a notch lower than the divorce rate for those that claim "no church affiliation".  The Psalmist in his time of distress is crying out to his God for supernatural intervention & enabling. We often criticize others for having nothing more than a religion, while we "Born Again Christians" claim a personal relationship with our God.  However, we have to ask, is that still the case? Or are we no more in a relationship with God than those that we have claimed for years are nothing but religious. Are Born Again Christians becoming just another group of religious people? Are we still crying out to God, opening up his Word and believing for him to reveal Himself to us or are we relying on Christian Radio, Fancy Churches and Concerts and moving Worship to sustain all the while never taking the time to "cry out to this God, this Creator, our Saviour? Has America's Born Again, Evangelistic movement become nothing more than another religious experience?
And the last question to ask, as we point the finger at others, is where do you and I stand in the midst of all this? Have we become religious ourselves or are we crying out to God, contending and maintaining, that personnel relationship with Him, with God, with our Savior?