Since the first day this church was founded on August 4 2019, we have been guided by God, and God alone. I don’t believe that God has ever asked anything of us here on earth, no He has commanded us. Once you can understand that God commands rather than asks, you’re able to transform your entire way of thinking. I like to remind folks that when God gave the 10 commandments to Moses, they were in fact commandments, not requests. For the past several hundred years it seems folks have forgotten that and slipped into this theory of requests.
We don’t often if ever hold any punches back at MCF, so I’m not going to start with this post either. Far too many pastors, churches and denominations have fallen into the touchy, feely, make everyone happy so they come back next Sunday theology. I think some houses of worship have fallen into the “safe space” mentality that folks need a place to hide from the horrors of human existence in the world and sometimes unpleasant scriptures in our Holy Bible. Some churches even call themselves Bible Churches, but they completely omit any mention of the Old Testament in their sermons. Some of the large mega churches not only have set aside the Old Testament, but they never mention anything unpleasant on Sunday mornings. This again is the theory, and well founded, that if we keep them happy as they roll out the doors, they will roll back in next week and fill the buckets we use for offering plates.
I mentioned in last Sunday’s message that the Bible was never intended to keep us happily bouncing down the paths of life. In fact if you read the Bible, and I mean the entire Bible including Revelation you’ll quickly find that parts of it were meant to scare the hell out of us. Read what I just said again, because when I said scare the hell out of us, that’s literally what I meant. We need to be bathed in the blood of the lamb, and clean enough for the whitest robes. Those scary parts of the Bible are warnings, to help get us right with the Lord.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Joshua 1:9King James Version
I’ve kind of digressed by about a mile from where I was going with this, but let me get back on track. The point of this post is to discuss some of the comments on our site. Some are not so pleasant, some are very frank discussions about the human situation and many about Christianity. But the one thing we have shied away from is censoring comments. All comments open the door to sharing the Peace of Jesus Christ with those we disagree with us as well as those we do agree with. God provides many teachable moments for all of us, and anytime we shy away from those sometimes challenging moments, we missed an opportunity we can never get back.
So far everyone has been at least marginally respectful of others, and we would hate to see comments digress from there.