The Chase

It has become popular to chase after people in the culture to get them to stay in church.  When this chasing takes the form of prayer and honest presentation of scripture and the gospel, or it is just a change in the tempo and style of music, it is accommodating and many times refreshing.

What surveys continue to show is that people want more than new music and programs; they want the beliefs of the church to bend to match the culture. Blame for this does not lie with the ones who want the church to conform to culture, it lies with churches who compromise important values and beliefs
in order to chase the culture.

Many Junior high school students will say that history is boring and not relevant, and many will include math as irrelevant.  For them to think this is not the issue, for parents and schools to allow them to be the arbitrator of what is relevant is the issue.

Psalm 42:1 says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for Thee, O God.”  The individual who is a believer develops a passion for seeking God and conforming to Him rather than the other way around.

It is time to make the case clear.  Abandoning principles and beliefs in order to chase people will not gain in the short run and will not work in the long run.  Those who practice it, injure themselves and their own faith.

In Arthur Miller’s “Death of A Salesman”, the main character Willy Loman prized “being liked” above all other characteristics for gaining success. Willy says “Be liked and you will never want.”  Much of his life was lived trying to seek being liked rather than being true.  As a result he gained little liking, and lost family, job and life.

The chameleon conforms to its landscape out of fear that something will discover who it really is.  That is not
the way of Christ, nor is it the way of the church.

The church must be the lighthouse that stands in clear weather and storm, not just another ship adrift and at sea.

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