The Inconvenient Church
by Lynn Parker
Do not ever underestimate the
Membership in God’s church is not for political advancement. It is far more than getting a check mark in heaven for one hour of weekly attendance. Men may say the church is unimportant—God tells us exactly the opposite.
Disciples of our Lord were not
asked to follow the Master only into fields of daisies or calm rose
gardens. The church was never intended
to be one of convenience. The followers
of Christ were not promised only calm seas and smooth sailing. Christians are hot “I want” folks—they are
servants and followers. They walk with
the Savior in joy and peace, true enough (Romans
but they also bidden to follow into the dark recesses of
Even today the faithful find adversaries and trials. If your priority is finding a religion of convenience, look elsewhere, friend, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Christianity will not leave you alone—it challenges you to greater heights (Philippians ). The devoted follower of Jesus Christ is never content with the status quo but is always seeking to better himself. He meekly accepts the correction of the Word (James ). He is keenly aware of his faults and flaws and recognizes his absolute dependence on God (1 Corinthians ; Galatians 6:1).
He thinks of others before himself and seeks the good of the kingdom (Romans 15:1; 1 Thessalonians ). His priorities are clear (Matthew ). The church needs such soldiers, workers, defenders, and humble servants— they are the only ones who will see heaven at the end of life. The church simply does not need lukewarm, pew-warming, Bible-dumb, forever griping, pride-filled, status-seeking, money-loving, just-like-the-world members. We have enough of those in the brotherhood.
If you want convenience, go to the
corner store. Go to the drive-through
window at the “Golden Arches.” But do
not ever view our Lord’s church as a convenience. It was not convenient for Christ to purchase it,
and it was not convenient to be a Christian in the first century. It still is not convenient to be a
Christian. It takes effort, dedication,
zeal, humility, and sacrifice. If your
walk is always easy and convenient, it is not the walk of a Christian. And if, in fact, you are looking for a
convenient church, you are not seeking the one Christ built. The one you are
looking for is not in the New Testament.
It is in the yellow pages under “H” for “hell-bound.”
Note: We commend this very
fine and needed article by brother Parker, the
faithful preacher of the