DIRECTor's Line (9/19)
I was recently asked, “What do you see as the greatest threat to the Church today?” Coming from the mission field, a place where there is a definite cost to being identified as a Christian, a place where there is no ‘Cultural Christianity,’ my initial reaction was to say that the greatest threat depends on location. And while external pressures on the Church look different from place to place, the greatest threat is not external at all, but internal…and it is the same all over the world.
The greatest threat is that we allow our love for Jesus to grow cold. When people grow cold toward Jesus, it doesn’t matter how doctrinally sound they are, or how many Bible verses they have memorized. When people grow cold toward Jesus, they don’t sing about him, they don’t spend time in prayer, participating in the life of the Church becomes a chore, they don’t read the Bible seeking to grow in their relationship with Jesus, and they certainly don’t tell others about him. Christianity isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts, but we do see ‘heart checklists’ all throughout the New Testament. These are like the indicator lights in our cars, they show us where the little problems are, before a major catastrophe happens. The great danger is that we see these warning lights in our lives and in the lives of others, and we ignore them.
We should constantly be checking and examining our own hearts, and when we see our brothers and sisters in Christ struggling, we should come alongside them and help them recapture their fire for the Lord. Individuals, families, and communities will be transformed when the church is on fire for God. There will not be a single external threat that can prevail.