Expressions of faith: Educate

Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

Christian education within our congregations today is so scarce. The church has gravitated more into the marketing and focus of growing numbers within the church rather than educating the minds of the people of God. The focus is entertainment and pleasing the minds and feelings of others. God wants everyone to know and to do His will. He will reward by searching hearts as we grow in His word. “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 are,” Jeremiah 17:10.

God is amazing! 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 the diminishing of Christian education within our congregations.

Our leadership has begun to falter. Every aspect within worship has become self-centered and regarded according to our feelings instead of God’s. Today church members have the word 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.

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. We are not to be divided 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. 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.

“Having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold,” Proverbs 16:16. 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!