There is no shortage of people claiming that they are of the Christian faith. The point often over looked is while you may claim to be a Christian, can you honestly claim you are a practicing Christian? Only as an individual can you honestly answer that question. Others judge you by your actions and deeds as it relates to serving humanity.
It is no secret that you find a multitude of people attending Sunday services every week, often sitting in a designated seat, praying, singing, and listening to the message of the minister. Sometimes you can’t help wondering if this is only a comfortable routine or façade often ending once the services are over. Do the masses resort back to their previous sinful ways?
I am convinced that you have a plethora of church goers who honestly feel their weekly participation in going to church alone will get them into heaven. Everyone has heard of people who spend a couple of hours in church on Sunday and spend the rest of the week literally raising hell. The antics of these so-called church attending hypocrites (along with what many see as pimps masquerading as ministers in many churches) are some of the reasons so many young people forsake going to church.
The truth of the matter is that you can find some of the most giving, caring, and loving people serving the community, while others don’t deem it necessary to attend a church. Ironically, you find so many so called Christians as the main ones condemning them for their lack of commitment and participation in a church.
The church is constantly changing. Many contend it doesn’t always abide by the word of the Bible, which is supposed to be the uncontested, unchanging truth and guide to salvation and eternal life for Christians. Loving your fellow brother and serving humanity are supposed to be synonymous to being a good Christian. But too many so-called Christians are faltering. They are acquiescing to the mundane and materialistic whims of man. The desires of the flesh are winning over the spirit without much of a fight.
There was a time when the Christian church was about outreach and helping the community and those less fortunate. But now there seems to be a movement where prosperity is the priority. This ‘prosperity ministry’ seems to have made many people more concerned with self-serving endeavors than in serving others in the community and advocating for the downtrodden. This is evident when you see comfortable middle and upper-class people who have been tremendously blessed refusing to advocate in causes to help those they see as less fortunate.
You may find those who may feel writing a check is sufficient, although they have the time and health to physically advocate for those in need in situations involving access to affordable health care, affordable housing, affordable living wages, access to equal education, judicial reform, and acquisition to just basic human rights. The church’s lack of commitment and participation in advocating for causes for those less fortunate fall under the mandate of the ‘separation of state and church. This can be contradictory when you find so many churches complicit in accepting faith-based money from state and federal agencies. How can the church literally refuse to accept responsibility in fighting and righting wrongs that affect a great portion of parishioners making up their congregations.
The church is the body of people coming together. With or without the ministers’ blessing or guidance, the body has an obligation to serve those less fortunate. Many churches get around really being involved in the community by offering some type of feeding or clothing program for the homeless, falling short of engaging in more serious and pending involvements that could really make a difference in people’s lives. Serving or advocating to change people’s lives and conditions for the better should be spiritual and not prohibited by political strings.
Being physically active and advocating for social changes that can better human lives doesn’t require a lot of money, just time and a legitimate concern to practice what you are taught in churches every Sunday. Some suggestions for congregations or individuals may be collectively advocating for equality, decent jobs, affordable health care, and quality education for all children, affordable housing, and equality in providing justice for all.
I am proud to say I have given close to 13 gallons of blood as it stands today as a personal quest to aid in helping to save lives. I use my physical and mental energy to help combat the ills I see confronting my community and society as a whole. I feel that if you cannot honestly attempt to practice what you spiritually believe, you are masquerading and deceiving yourself and the public. God knows what’s in your heart and what you do to honor and praise him.
Remember the adage: “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one.” Manifest the word in your actions on a daily basis.
Christianity is about love and offering outreach to humanity. Using your gifts and talents to serve others is really what truly counts. Advocating for righteousness consists of more than praying. It involves action.