Daily Devotional – 7/11/18 “What has happened?”

I don’t know if you are familiar with the gospel singer, LeAndria Johnson and if you have heard her rants on last week (she has since issued an apology to those she offended) but in her videos, she angrily says, “F Christianity and F the church.” Some people fired back at her use of the F bomb and other curse words while others agreed and encouraged her. Here is my take on this … Her delivery was wrong but she had some valid points. See, her outcry wasn’t against God but against the politics of the church. While she spoke from a place of hurt and anger, she should have waited until she calmed down to get her point across, in a much better way. Yet, I am left to ask, “What has happened to the church?” By church, I mean people who claim to love and follow God. I’m looking and He is not pleased. Please understand, I am NOT perfect but I have some questions. Why has fame and fortune overshadowed going and making disciples? Why has being on the latest conference overshadowed saving souls and offering Christ? When did it become about custom suits and tailored made dresses? When did the amount of members become important and not deliverance? Why has rebellion become popular? And before you say it hasn’t, look around. You can have a pastor who is removed from his/her assignment of shepherd, due to his/her actions and instead of getting clean, they simply start another church. When I say getting clean, I am speaking of anything that keeps them outside of God’s will.

What has happened? You have people, still doing the work of the Lord, who He has snatched the anointing from and the only reason they are still being glorified is because of their name and you like their method of preaching. Yet, if you were to really listen to their messages, when you are not in flesh, you’d quickly hear there is no oil. This is why most of their messages is throwing shots at their ‘enemy.’ Get out of your flesh! Do you not see that a lot of our youth and young adults are missing from the church because they can’t get any nutrition from the teaching? Most of them are longing for God and all they get is a twenty-minute sermon of your whoop and taking Jesus to the cross. They are hungry for God yet leaving worship slayed and not delivered. What has happened? When will you stop preaching these feel good messages of promise (milk) and teach about the sacrifice, the suffering, the stretching, the strengthening and the salvation (meat)? Because these are all the things we have to go through to get the promise. This is why I don’t want to worship with perfect people. I want to worship with those who have some scars and some testimonies of how God delivered them from addictions. I want to fellowship with some folk who has a criminal history yet now declaring they’ve been changed and live it. I want to worship with some folk who don’t brag about what they have but boast about what God has done. I don’t want to rub elbows with the rich and famous but I will share the altar with the righteous and favored.