Green Peace, Plastics and The Church.

More and more people nowadays have gone eco-friendly. While I am not sure what the total or full substance of that might be, to my knowledge it does involve getting rid of plastics or at least the usage of plastics in our way of life. That means at the very least, no more plastic bags in bringing home our groceries. That also means we cant use anymore plastic bags inside the house for the smaller trashcans. I”m not sure though how this plastic thing will affect garbage collection since we also use giant garbage bags to collect our trash and set them out on a weekly basis.

The presence of plastics in the long term view of ecology is surely unwise. that is why groups like Green Peace are so adamant that people be eco-friendly. Many plastics are simply un-recyclable and that spells real trouble for the generations to come. I agree, that by God’s grace and with much biblical wisdom, we ought to be eco-friendly without pursuing the priority of this earth, in a way that surpasses the Great Commission. God forbid that we have Christians speaking much of this earth as the greatest solution to life’s problems.

But what we Christians should also be adamant about is the sin that plagues the church. Plastic is also present in the church. and when I say “plastic” it refers to hypocrites. I give them the term P.V.C. or Pharisaism Via Christianity. What are we going to do about plastic people in the church? Do we also see them as a threat in the long run? Shall they pose a pitfall for the future generations of the church as well?

The Lord fairly warned us of the Pharisees; the Lord was not angry at them for nothing. What did the Lord call them in Matthew 23?

  • Mat 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
  • Mat 23:16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’
  • Mat 23:17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? . . .
  • Mat 23:19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?. . .
  • Mat 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
  • Mat 23:24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
  • Mat 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
  • Mat 23:26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
  • Mat 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.
  • Mat 23:28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
  • Mat 23:29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,
  • Mat 23:31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
  • Mat 23:33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
The plastic people in church are no different. In fairness, they could be backslidden. But the scary thing is, they could truly be unbelievers. Spiritually dead people pretending to be believers. And perhaps that is why their “walk” in the Lord reeks of great stench; the stench of the spiritually dead.
We should be brave enough to confront those who insist they are believers and yet behave like the Pharisees. We should beware of those who say they are brethren, but in reality are not. They have never known grace and might never will.

The Real Work of The Spiritual.

A lot of people think that pointing out sin is the great highlight of Matthew 18. It makes a lot of believers feel spiritual, when they are able to point out the sins and weaknesses of others. It does not.
Jesus Christ did not die on the cross, so His church can be experts in pointing out the sins of their brethren. Any Pharisaical and self-righteous person, deluded into thinking that they have no sin can do that, APART FROM THE CROSS OF GOD’S SON.

SIN IS REBELLION TOWARDS GOD, IT IS POSSESSING AND EXHIBITING A WRONG KIND OF JOY IN SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE, IT IS BEING MISTAKENLY HAPPY IN SOMETHING OR SOMEONE ELSE AND IT IS BEING ENTIRELY DISCONTENT IN GOD.

THE REAL WORK IS CALLING THEM BACK TO SUBMISSION AND JOY AND GLADNESS AND CONTENTMENT IN CHRIST—IN GOD. 

Taking God’s Awesome Power For Granted.

One of the great sins and impediments to a true and progressive work of God is seeing God’s work as “not up to standard”.  In saying that I mean, not up to personal preference or bias. For some believers, revival is not revival if it isn’t according to how they see it; revival isnt revival if they are not directly the ones who benefit from it; revival isnt revival if it’s not the way they want it. Even if there were great conversions, which, on this side of eternity we would have to call genuine and sincere, these biased brethren would still say that it was all hype, or it was all because of the music or the air-conditioning or some other reason even though. . .the word is faithfully preached–not for gain or fame but simply that people might come to Christ and His name be glorified.

When was God’s work subject to our approval? When did we start judging God in the “degree of difficulty” in which He displays His power?! Dont we always say as evangelicals that we don’t deserve His mercy and yet, when in fact He does show it, we would rather have “another kind of mercy”. Its like being given water in the desert, after walking for days without a single drop (which by itself is a wonderful act of God’s power and mercy), we ask, “Do you have Evian? Because only Evian can quench my thirst”.

Are we not behaving like the Pharisees wherein they taunted the Lord to get down from the cross, “IF” He was really the Messiah?

Should God in HIs mercy send revival to His church, to a group, to a missions outpost, cell group or Bible study, it shall certainly not be because of these skeptics. It will simply be for the glory of His name.

Aye Chihuahuas in The House!

 In the house of God that is! Chihuahuas in the Church. When i was growing up my cousin had a pet chihuahua. . . cant even remember the name of the dog. I really did not like it. I like dogs; in fact I cant remember a time wherein we didnt have one–only now. That tiny dog, held me and my brother almost hostage upon entering the house of my aunt. Yup! Hard to believe, all 6 feet of me. We couldnt move from where we were.

What does that dog have to do with the church? Well, that particular chihuahua was a very annoying one. It kept barking and barking, even if it was already barking at someone who was entirely capable of sending that dog into flight mode by kicking. It had a shrilly tone in its bark; like a battery-operated toy dog that came to life.  It doesn’t seem to know when to simply bow down to a bigger figure of authority.

Sadly, there are also people like that in the church. There are people who, instead of working together with others, following leadership, has found it more convenient for them to yap away like annoying chihuahuas. Does it make th church grow any? I don’t think so. Does it make the church seem more Christ-like? Absolutely not!

The usual people who do this are usually insecure people; people who need to be heard or recognized as significant or intelligent. Such people actually think by all that rhetorical hot air, that they are behaving as mature believers. When the opposite is quite clear.

Such people do not love the church. Such people love only what they think is right and do not love God at all by what they do.

Perhaps someday, these chihuahuas will become sheepdogs (whatever breed that might be); sheepdogs that will help leadership shepherd the church. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful sight to behold? Many if not all members of the local church, helping one another, loving one another, just as Christ loved His church? Wow! That would be great! Although, I don’t think I will live long enough to see that happen in the church i belong to. My faith is shattered and flailing at best with this regard.

O Dear Lord, help me believe that You can still do this!

For those of you reading this, don’t be a chihuahua! Pursue God with all your strength; help the church; pray for it; pray for your leaders; help them; love them and forgive them.

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