Tuesday Re-mix –
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teachingyou received from us…We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. II Thessalonians 3:6, 11
The last time my studies took me into Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, it was Thanksgiving time a couple of years ago. I remember stopping and thinking about his counsel in those letters and how it might hit the contemporary American church. I found some things for which I was thankful then, and I am still thankful today. Today’s “Tuesday Re-mix” replays those Thanksgiving thoughts.
The American church is probably loaded to the brim with idle Christians. We are a fat, happy bunch of church-goers for whom convenience is among the highest of values. Prayer meeting on Wednesday night? Not very convenient. Sunday night worship service after a full day of church stuff? Not very convenient. Missing soccer games or band practice or sleeping in on Saturday in order to work at the homeless shelter? Not very convenient. Being the “consumers” we are, we just want our Spiritual lives to stay within the very small slice of our week which we have designated for that and, above all, we want God to stay convenient to us.
If Paul visited the American church today, I think he might just have a heart attack when he observed how low a priority our Spirituality has become in so many cases. Don’t get me wrong. There are many, many churches who are getting it right. But let us be honest here, it has been about a hundred or so years since genuine revival swept across our country or since the American …