Analyze where the Christian church stands today. Take an honest look at the standing of one of the most treasured institutions of society. Make an earnest appraisal of the modern church. See where the church stands today.
For far too long, in the eyes of many, the church has remained in isolation. In the opinion of some, the church has appeared inactive, almost docile, dormant and dulled, if not deadened. Others have said that the church has simply dwindled into a state of sheer ineffectiveness.
George Barna has studied and evaluated the church for years. Henry Blackaby has shared some insights and findings as well. John Maxwell has offered multiple volumes on Christian leadership. Rick Warren weighed in with The Purpose Driven Church. There is no shortage of Christian perspectives of what the church is not and where the church has fallen short.
Don’t disregard the Reformation or the Great Awakening. Don’t toss aside the Progressives or the Abolitionists. Do not forsake the social activism of Prohibition and the Salvation Army, YMCA, and YWCA. Don’t forget how Christians fought Darwinism and the teaching of evolutionism in the U.S. school system. Forget not Azusa Street and the likes of Oral Roberts or Billy Graham. Do not frown upon the church’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war protests, and the pro-life debates. Consider all of the church’s storied past.
Recall that the church has been called to be more than a building. The church has a calling as the body of Christ. Look at Luis Palau, Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship, and the countless missionaries and ministries that exist today. See how many are fed, clothed, sheltered and ministered to through street ministries and storefronts alike. See the church playing an active role in society.
Do not grapple with public opinion. Do not spend hour upon hour debating with the church’s critics. Stand proudly and boldly to be counted among the many who diligently serve the Lord by doing all that they can with what little they have for “the least of these.”