When it comes to entertainment, Christianity just can’t compete with the world. Oh, we keep trying, but we just can’t.
People bemoan all the youth who leave the church, but these youth have been raised in a church that has shown that life is all about having a good time with Jesus.
Kids aren’t dumb. They know where to find a good time. The world can put on a much better good time than the church can. And, if I can just take Jesus with me since I already “said the prayer,” I’ll just go to the world for the good time and call it a win-win.
Jesus Christ is not calling people to have a good time on earth. I know this isn’t what Joel Osteen and his ilk say, nor is it what most mainstream Christians promote, but it’s what the Bible clearly points out.
Let your laughter be turned to mourning means something. The Bible doesn’t say, “All who live godly will enjoy life,” it says all who live godly will suffer persecution. Don’t be surprised when the world hates you. The world loves its own but you are not of the world.
1 Corinthians 1-3 makes it clear that God does everything the exact opposite of the world. Man’s wisdom is foolishness with God. Yet the Church repeatedly goes after man’s wisdom, rejoices because we get man’s results (nice buildings, lots of followers, money, etc) but then gets discouraged that their kids turn out like heathen scum.
The world offers a real good time. If the Church wants to compete on this level the Church will lose every time. What the world will not ever truly promote, and where the Church can totally win, is in love and self-sacrifice.
Yeah, the world will celebrate these virtues occasionally when they remember fallen heroes, but for the most part, this virtue is buried in our media driven society that puts me first.
Christianity isn’t “all the world plus Jesus.” No, Christianity is Jesus and the world to come. We live for a better country.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.