Why Your Local American Church Pew is the New Missionary Field

Most Americans today create their own brand of religion. They call it Christianity. It combines a little Dr. Phil, some feel-good sayings from Joel Osteen, a dash of positive thinking/law of attraction, and a ‘God Loves You’ bumper sticker and Fish emblem on the rear of the minivan. The whole dance is set to the tune of God Bless America and I’m Proud to be an American.

These American Christians attend church on Easter and Christmas to take communion, and they volunteer to walk for Relay for Life when asked. Some may even sit in a pew every Sunday and sing in the choir. An ambitious few may help feed the poor and go on missions trips to Africa and China.

American Christians grew up singing Jesus Loves Me, and playing with felt board Moses and Nativity sets. They pray at sporting events and before meals. They were baptized as children and walked the isle to join the church when they were old enough to read and write and follow the rules of the church constitution. They were married in white dresses before an ordained pastor or priest, and they put crosses on the graves of their loved ones.

Religion in Today’s America

We’ve come a long way from the days of Mayberry, R.F.D. Families no longer live behind white picket fences and drive American cars. It’s not cool to speak out against homosexuality In fact, it’s not even cool to say “homosexuality”. The correct terms are “gay men and lesbians”.

Tolerance is a way of life. After all, it’s your body and your life and you have the right to pursue your own personal brand of happiness. But we still believe in Christianity. Just make sure you remember to wear clean underwear when you leave the house, tell your mama you love her, and pray when you get in trouble.

It’s the American Christian way of life.

Seeking Truth

But what does the Bible say about Christianity? Jesus said:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’~ Matthew 7:21-23

Jesus didn’t say some, He said many. Many Christians will be deceived about their salvation.

Christianity= Following Christ

What Christianity is Not

It’s not about going to church.

It’s not about religion.

It’s not about being a good person.

It’s not about how many prayers you say.

It’s not about the music.

It’s not about the way you dress for church.

It’s not about how many Scriptures you can quote.

It’s not even about love (love is not enough to be a Christian).

What Christianity is About

It’s about a personal dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s about believing in Him, trusting Him, and submitting your life to Him. And for most of us, that’s not an easy order to fill.

Walking the isle, making a profession of faith, and being a good person is not enough to make you a Christian. There is no such thing as “Fire Insurance” for your soul. It’s all about Jesus Christ.

Judas knew Jesus, he did good works in the name of Jesus Christ, yet he still wasn’t saved. He looked good to everyone around him, but he still missed Jesus as the central element of true religion.

Pastor Perry Noble asks the question: You go to church. Are you still missing Jesus?

Do you really know Jesus? What about that person sitting next to you on Sunday morning? Do they need a personal introduction to Jesus Christ instead of American Christianity?

Are we living in an age of Christless Christianity?

The deception runs deep in our churches. Your local church pew is the new missionary field. Are you willing to introduce your family and friends to Real Christianity?

Show them a better way of life. Show them Jesus.

4 Responses to Why Your Local American Church Pew is the New Missionary Field
  1. Dorothy Glasgow
    May 12, 2009 | 7:44 pm

    I whole heartedly agree with you! Believing in and trusting Jesus is the ONLY way! That personal relationship is absolutely necessary. You are right when you say the missionary field is in our own churches. Great post! Bless you for being so open.

  2. Dorothy Glasgow
    May 12, 2009 | 2:44 pm

    I whole heartedly agree with you! Believing in and trusting Jesus is the ONLY way! That personal relationship is absolutely necessary. You are right when you say the missionary field is in our own churches. Great post! Bless you for being so open.

  3. Miguel
    July 5, 2009 | 5:41 pm

    Hey Jamie,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I recently write some reflections on Christianity in the West. For me, going to Church is as close as people might ever get and still miss the point about what is means to be part of God’s family; participating in his kingdom here and now, for this world.

    Solely focusing on personal salvation (my individual relationship with God) helps to miss the point, at least I think, or we could say is only one aspect to the bigger picture found in the broad teaching of scripture.
    Neat observations, I think I see what you’re trying to get at. People have to determine if Christianity about a rules game/ set a doctrines one must believe so they can go to heaven after death? People make it about that while not understanding the role and message of ancient Christian writings. All the best,

    -Mig

    Miguel´s last spectacular blog post..Observations on Culture, Christianity in the West [+ Tips on Interpretation]

  4. Miguel
    July 5, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    Hey Jamie,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I recently write some reflections on Christianity in the West. For me, going to Church is as close as people might ever get and still miss the point about what is means to be part of God’s family; participating in his kingdom here and now, for this world.

    Solely focusing on personal salvation (my individual relationship with God) helps to miss the point, at least I think, or we could say is only one aspect to the bigger picture found in the broad teaching of scripture.
    Neat observations, I think I see what you’re trying to get at. People have to determine if Christianity about a rules game/ set a doctrines one must believe so they can go to heaven after death? People make it about that while not understanding the role and message of ancient Christian writings. All the best,

    -Mig

    Miguel´s last spectacular blog post..Observations on Culture, Christianity in the West [+ Tips on Interpretation]

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