There’s a wonderful community of Christians in Warwick known as the Bruderhof. They are great neighbors who have made many friends throughout Warwick leading Christian lives. They held a prayer service this past Thursday for the earthquake victims in Nepal, the persecution of Christians, the refugees of war and economic hardship, and the turmoil here at home.
There were two things I found interesting about the service. First, we were seated in the round which reminded me of the ancient synagogue ruins we visited in Israel. Second, the three pastors spoke honestly and directly to the threats we are facing as Christians, even invoking the name of St. Stephen, the very first soul Martyred for the Love of Christ. This I found refreshing because the living Church cannot live without inhaling Truth and exhaling its Wisdom. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…
The Secular church
The Secular Church is not a living Church. It’s an empty shell where nice people meet to hear nice stories and be nice to one another. The American Church un-incarnates (dies) in two stages. First it becomes a secular church, and then it becomes a gym, a yoga club, or someone’s home as just occurred with the Methodist church here in Bellvale two years ago. Better than a casino or brothel I suppose, but the community suffers this loss without mourning! Why is that?
The American Christian, much like his European cousin, is a dead man walking…led to oblivion’s cliff by the secularized shepherds. The church has become a Hollywood set where actors come to pretend so they can get back to their precious. The secular church is like hens without roosters. The eggs taste good, but there is no life in them! Or, one could say that going to the secular church is like joining a gym where there are no weights for the barbell bars and no resistance setting on the treadmills…in fact the treadmills are all stationary! All you have is the ability to say you “go to the gym” …while your muscles atrophy.
How could such a weakened flock stand up to the Transgressor/Aggressor? The answer is, they cannot! Take heart dear friend, there is spiritual opportunity in this massive spiritual rust heap! Providence always provides the way to those with their hearts and minds wide open. Truth has a special sparkle in such an oppressive environment as this…for those who seek it. At the end of the day we alone are fully responsible for the shape we’re in…spiritually and physically speaking. So do take care, and choose your Church (and Presidential Candidate) wisely. Nice is nice if you’re a bowl of rice; no pain, no gain on the Freedom Train! 😉