Is it just me or has the church lost its focus? When I say the church, I do not mean mine, nor am I pointing a finger at any particular church, just us Christians in general. When did we decide church was about us?
Before you jump to any conclusions about what I am trying to say, hear me out. When did church become about the rules and regulations that we should be living by? When did we begin to focus more on what not to do rather than what to do. I have noticed this recently because I started going to a church that focuses more on how to live your faith out than what rules we are meant to follow. I hear people talk a lot about what we shouldn't do, don't drink, don't party, don't have sex unless your married, don't lie, don't cheat. All of these things are true, but if that is what you are hearing week by week, when do you learn what to do to be a true disciple of Jesus. How do you learn what to do?
Being a Christian is not about the don'ts, its about the do's. How do you live your life? What do you do to maintain a relationship with Christ? How do you bring others to Jesus? If our lives focus more on what we do rather than what we can't do, I believe those things will work themselves out.
If you are following Jesus, spending time in the word, praying, being in fellowship, having accountability, then those don'ts should fall into place. You should know what is expected of you and your values and morals will be shaped by what you read in Gods word and what you hear from being in fellowship with other Christians.
When a non believer walks into our churches, what do they see? Do they see a lot of people being told what not to do? Or do they see a family of believers learning what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Do they see that because of Christ's love, we are forgiven for all of those things that we are not supposed to do but sometimes do anyways?
Who knows, thats just my opinion, maybe Im way off, but thats just what has been on my mind lately.