Stand up church
I have been listening to interviews with so-called “rock stars” like Bruce Springsteen, members of U2 and the most recent release of the Bon Jovi album “2020.”
The underlying message is that the concert hall is now the cathedral, or church, of the millennial era. The approach is concerning asking neutral questions that begin conversations about the time in which we live and the issues that confront us.
I appreciate where the artists are coming from, but I find that there is a bias woven into what Mr. Jon Bon Jovi, as well as other artists, considers neutral questions.
The Word of God is more relevant today than ever because of the challenges we face as a country and the healing we need as a people. The Word of God is useful for correction, reproof, teaching and training in righteousness (2 Timothy3:16). But we are as the people of Israel prior to the deportation, who chased after detestable idols and performed abominable acts of unrighteousness (Ezekiel 5:9-11).
“Oh LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth?
You have smitten them, But they did not weaken;
You have consumed them, But they refused to take correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent.” Jeremiah 5:3
The result of the attitude of unrighteousness and unrepentance was God’s use of an ungodly nation to punish and humiliate the nation Israel before all the nations of the ancient world (Ezekiel 5:8). Nebuchanezar came down in great numbers from Assyria, which included Babylon and Nineveh. In the present day we would refer to Iraq and the modern city of Bagdad.
The same place where the Prophet Jonah called upon a people to repent and turn away from their wicked ways (Jonah 3:4).
It is time for “Finding Faith” by attending the local churches and changing lives proven by the bearing of much fruit (Colossians 1:10).
It is not enough to attend a so-called “Christian Concert,” or any other gathering for the purpose of enjoying music.
That is called entertainment, not church. Attend the local church of your choice and change America for the good.
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Dr. Bryon Reynolds of Charlton Chapel, an American Evangelical Christian Churches Charter Church.