Passive agreement is overrated and often bland. Connecting with people heart-to-heart is much more powerful and fulfilling.
Social media trains people to be interactive while church continues to insist on keeping people passive and silent. However, when most of the members are required to sit and listen, year after year, the body of Christ is paralyzed.
When Christianity was made to fit into an agreeable Sunday morning comfort zone, it lost much of its power. Padded pews (or seats), padded sermons, and padded hearts don’t make for vibrant Christianity.
Too many Christians are comfortably flat-lining on a spiritual plain, rather than soaring on the Holy Spirit’s plane. Church should be like an airport–lead people to the plane of the Holy Spirit and let them fly. If you don’t surrender to the Holy Spirit with a tender heart, you’ll hinder Him.
If you don’t force yourself to obey God speaking in your conscience, you’ll be in rebellion against the kingdom of God.
Church could free people up like a square dance–everybody listen to Jesus call the meeting and do-see-do! Programs are everywhere at everybody’s fingertips. Why should people attend church to watch one more program?
If Christians met, not to just to listen, but to freely express the unspeakable joy of the Lord, we could change the world. When happiness comes from Christ within there’s no need to “pursue” it. You just let it flow as a joyous fountain. Hearing a talk about God is okay. Experiencing the joy of the Lord is better. Contagiously spreading God’s joy is world-changing.