Spiritual Embezzlement Made Easy
How NOT to Run a Church
By M.E. Brines
Copyright 2011 by M.E. Brines
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We often hear conservatives and liberals arguing about whether or not America was originally a Christian nation but one thing that everyone seems to agree upon is that America is certainly not a Christian nation today. Compared to fifty years ago crime, divorce and immorality are now at all time highs. Abortion and pornography that were illegal then are not only legal today, but also quite commonplace. Where once the worst weapon you might encounter on a schoolyard might be a slingshot, now many schools have installed metal detectors and armed guards to try and reduce the number of stabbings and shootings.
Conversely we see statistics [from http://www.barna.com/] stating that in any given week more Americans attend church than attend a sporting event. According to a Gallup poll 74% of American adults claim to have “made a personal commitment to Christ.” How do we reconcile those statistics with the rampant rates of crime and immorality that exist side by side in the same communities with those same churches? Something is wrong with this picture. Despite all our efforts the Church has been ineffective at transforming the lives of those who attend and making the disciples that Christ called upon his followers to make of all the nations in Matthew chapter 28.