When I write on the church, especially the growing irrelevance of the megachurch movement, people react. I get everything from, “Don’t be so down on other Christians and churches” to “You tell ‘em Ed.” Most of us have strong opinions about church, and some have surprisingly passionate positions on megachurches.
Many of you have asked, “Okay, the irrelevant church is a problem, but what do we do about that?” My answer may surprise you.
What to do?
Everyone wants to solve the big problems in the church, and many consider the irrelevance of the church in general and the move toward megachurches as big problems. Only Jesus, who loves His bride, can transform His church through revival.
But that doesn’t mean that we just pray and wait. We need to take responsibility for our part of the problem.
- If we think the church is too materialistic, we can give some of our money away to authentic churches or missions…or even the poor. Find a widow and give her some of your money!
- If we think the church is too shallow, we can study the Bible ourselves and determine to teach others. Find a young Christian and teach him or her the Scriptures.
- If we think the church ignores evangelism, we can build relationships with non-Christians. Find a non-Christian and make friends with him or her.
- If we think the church ignores discipleship, we can make disciples. Pour yourself into just one younger believer.
When you honestly finish the sentence, “I think the church is too…,” you’ll know what Jesus wants you to do to make His church better.
You want God to change the church? Give God permission to begin that change with you!
Question: What are some other personal changes you think Christians should make to move the church toward health and impact in our culture? I would love to hear your comments.