#3 and final article in 3- part series on The Present Day Church.
#1 The Old Cross Church; #2 The New Cross Church; and… #3 The No Cross Church…
Here is what brings agony to my spirit and soul; the fact that The Church itself can even be described in these terms should cause great grief in our spirits!! When was the last time you attended an intercessory prayer time, called by your Pastor, to pray that “your Church” return to being an OLD CROSS CHURCH? A Church focused on the personal and corporate humility, brokenness, sacrifice, intercession, and a passion for God and His ways ONLY, that will transform “ your Church” into the image of Jesus, sharing the “glory of God” with NO ONE but HIM!! The hymn writer fervently sang the prayer of his heart in these words:
“Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth, through every heartbeat move!
Stoop to my weakness, Mighty as YOU are;
And make me Love YOU, as I want to Love.”
Some additional words from this writer, my pull your longing heart more and more into Him, above all else; “…take the dullness of my heart away,” and…”I see YOUR CROSS, there, teach my heart to cling, , Oh, let me seek YOU, and…Oh, let me find…
Teach me to Love YOU, as YOUR angels love;
ONE HOLY PASSION, filling all my frame;
The baptism of the Heavenly descended dove,
My heart an altar, and YOUR LOVE, my FLAME!”
So, what does all of that have to do with THE NO CROSS CHURCH? My crying heart says that possibly, just maybe, our world-bound friends without Jesus, would be unavoidably attracted to the burning fire of God that so consumes our lives. That, our passion for His Word and Ways has so drastically us, they see how ineffective, unfulfilling, and…most of all, how unredemptive THE NO CROSS way really is. Merely wasted and temporary do-good action, at best!
By comparison, living life with the attitude of entitlement, and pursuit of “high level” recognition, along with working so hard at obtaining the reputation of fitting into the cool culture of “caring for all those world-wide who have unfortunate circumstances and no one in the world really cares.” Add to all of that confusion, the difficult problems of navigating through all those “life issues” like Abortion, the Gay lifestyle, getting married, or other choices?…” all the other unfairness in the world.” For the most part, the people left with the choice of no choice, end up in the dilemma of either THE OLD CROSS life-change, or…the life of substituting tolerance of all people, in all kinds of situations, and…selective morality, and “being good,” at least better than most, and all the other culturally required and marginalized convictions!
There are actual physical “churches” that endeavor to disciple folks through this dilemma. The most popular place is the bar! Probably more fun to.
At least it doesn’t pretend to be an actual “religion.” As always, it all ends up in God’s lap! And He has appointed you and me to carry the responsibility of “Christ in US, His hope of receiving Glory here on earth.” (Colossians 2:27 Bersche Translation)