Expressions of faith
Educate not congregate

Rev Monterey D Lee

Rev. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

This week we are dealing with the acknowledgment of diminishing Christian education within our congregations today in society. The church has gravitated more into marketing and focusing on growing numbers within the church rather than educating the minds of the people of God. The focus is on entertainment and pacification (pleasing) of the minds and feelings of others. God wants everyone to do His will, and He will reward by searching his or her hearts. “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right,’” Acts 10:34-35. “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve,” Jeremiah 17:10.

God is an amazing God! We are not to judge a person—only God has this right. This is also the reason why we should always reflect on the actions of our everyday lives, so that we may be found righteous in His sight. When we take time to reflect and self-examine ourselves, we are able to decrease the problem of issues within the church body. By being self-reflective, we give opportunity for God to speak through us and we learn. This is also how we can reverse our focus from the current diminishing of Christian education within our congregations.

Our leadership has begun to falter. Every aspect within worship has become self-centered and redirected according to our feelings instead of God’s. Today’s church members have the word of God but not the message of biblical interpretation and theological reflection. In order to discover how to read the Bible, one must position him/herself to live a life that glorifies God.

If we can begin to take seriously the church body (life) and the edification of God’s Kingdom, we can change this world and the faulty acts of others within it. It is time for us to rise up as true believers and followers of Jesus Christ and declare the truth of His Word and wisdom.

We are to reach the nations with the word of God! This is what God has called us forth to do—to be disciples of His name and reach many people. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,’” Mark 16:15. There are many cultures being represented within congregations across the world. Different cultures have been able to abide and join with one another. I believe it comes down to the maturity of the congregation and leader to allow multiple cultures within a congregation. It is usually the attitudes and actions of others that affect the outcome of congregating. Christian education builds people to work together as one—not dividing us because of cultural differences.

We must remain focused on God at all times in all that we do. We are accountable for our actions, so Christian education can truly take form within the lost souls of this world that we must touch. Take time to explain why certain things are represented within the congregation according to scripture. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15. Proverbs 16:16 says: “Having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold.” Remain consistent in your disciplines and studies in Christian education. We must remain accountable and consistent within our actions and studies. We all are to strive for the advancement and edification of God and His kingdom. “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you,” Matthew 6:33. It’s time to change the perspective of the body of Christ. Let’s educate and not congregate!