Church Hopping: Like Bars and Bandwaggoners

church-hopWhat do churches, bars, and college football teams have in common?  So many uncommitted people love to hop around and not stay with just one.  People hop around bars to find better people and better times.  Bandwaggoners hop around from team to team because they want to be seen as winners and never a loser.  I think a lot of people would even family-hop if they could.

Why do people hop churches?  Some are all about the entertainment and performance.  If a better Jesus-show comes to town, they go to that.  Others church hop because they run from their problems and broken relationships.  But the biggest problem is usually with themselves since they never deal with sin.  Others church hop simply because they’re never satisfied or content with anything.

Church hopping is okay…if we have a wrong view of the church.  If the church is just a show, a time to be fed, or a time to sing…then there’s no big deal when it comes to church hopping.  But if the church really is to be a picture of the kingdom of Christ, a community that commits to one another, a family that ministers to their community and to one another, and a flock that truly nutures one another in Christ…then church hopping is deeply evil, never satisfying, and always misses the point. Continue reading

Kingdom Unidivided: College or Christ? Jersey or Jesus?

It was unthinkable where I was on Saturday night (a couple of weeks ago).  I would probably have many of my own disown me.  I was in enemy territory.  And the reason I was there was… for the sake of the gospel.  In fact, I didn’t even go to share the gospel, to witness the gospel, or to preach the gospel.  I was just there to live the gospel.  What is the gospel?  The gospel is that Christ must be LORD of our lives through repentance and faith.  And if Christ is LORD, then all else will fall behind Him. 

Where was I on Saturday night?  I was at a house watching the Auburn game…and I’m an Alabama fan.  Now for someone of you reading this that might be a let down, but for the others you know how serious that is.  And let’s just down to the dirty part…I was rooting for Auburn!  Why in the world would I do such a thing?  I was watching the game at the house of two of my students and their parents who are two teachers in my student ministry.  Am I the only one that is amazed how Christians can get all-out miffed at each other over college football…or any other team for that matter?  Yes, root for your team!  But by all means possible…never let sports come between you, others, and Jesus.  Christ is building His Kingdom…and it will be undivided.  Is that they way you’re practicing life in His kingdom (the church) now?