"But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves." [James 1:22]
About a month ago, I posted a status on Facebook that read, "Are you a REAL Christian???...OF AND LIKE CHRIST! Or a Sunday church goer, bible quoter, fried chicken- provider- for Pastor's Day???...Great questions for US (me included) to ponder today!!!" And although I may have gone about my questioning in a comical manner, the heart and reasoning behind my questioning was real and of a deep concern to me. You see, a great deal of my adult life, I have either overheard conversations, observed, or chatted with proclaimed Christians, that in my opinion seemed more concerned with "doing" church as a weekly social activity, than being about the business of God's Kingdom and "doing" the Word. "Keisha" would laugh about the scandalous time she had just had at the club on Friday night, and in the same breath remind "Lisa" that it was Women's Sunday at church and they had to wear all white for the choir. Or maybe I'd witness "Janet" cussing out another random church goer in the parking lot after church, for blocking her in and being in the way...'cause she had to get back home to grab the potato salad for the after church picnic. And oh my... don't get me started about the members of the church that are concerned more about pleasing Pastor "Such and Such", and almost worshipping him more than the actual Word that he preached..."Oh, Pastor "Such and Such" sure can preach! Oh, you gotta come to my church and hear Pastor "Such and Such"!"
I mean where is our focus, People??? Is Church a social outing for you or are you about the business of getting and then "doing" the Word???