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A lesson from History

February 10, 2014

The transition from the rule of Rome to a time in history ruled by kingdoms and Popes brought much change to the church. For centuries the church had been the people meeting in homes, often hidden away and in secret due to persecution. But as Rome fell organized religion rose.
As many of you may know, I homeschool my daughters. In history we have been studying the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Feudal age and rise of the Roman church. The following statement was in their history book, History of the World in Christian Perspective; “The congregation became more and more like spectators having little hope of understanding what they saw and heard.” I asked my girls to write me a paper telling me how we are different from this today and how we are in danger of being this today. So today my guest bloggers are Anna and Emily. I think kids can be quite wise if we take the time to listen to them. So enjoy the views of two 13 year olds today.

The Church Today by: Emily Spence
Today in the church, the congregation is the church. We listen to and believe what the pastor says and we hope and trust in God. Going out into the world disciplining all men and loving others, we carry out the message just fed to us. The congregation of that time listened and went home. They didn’t have hope or trust. The church was no longer hungry for the truth.
Our church today is getting less and less hungry. It is becoming more burned out and lifeless. The message can become words and the worship can become noise and the Christians can become lost and lonely people. These congregations no longer strive to go out and share the love of God but rather they want to go home, eat a sandwich and watch the football game on TV. The pastor begins to wonder what happened to his mighty army, the ones with such fire.
The church today is in danger of becoming spectators who go home and forget the message. We are in danger of having no hope. Hope doesn’t run away, we do. The church must not only stop ourselves from going any further down the hill, but we must climb back up to the top.

The Spectator Church by: Anna Spence
When we go to church we are supposed to listen and understand and take the message to heart. There are some people today who do act on it and are gaining and believing in what is taught to them while others are going to the church just for the sake of going to church. We could go to church every day, sit in the chairs, and do our best to not fall asleep, but not improve spiritually at all.
Many people today are deceived into believing that just because they attend church they’re good Christians, but that is not the point. In order to be more than just an empty body wandering in and out of the church doors, you have to engage yourself. You have to listen and think on and cherish what the preacher says.
The church isn’t just a building where you can go to keep warm and listen to some guy tell you what you’ve done wrong. It is a place where God can touch hearts and bring redemption. Anyone can receive if only they will listen and actually attend church, not just to sit in a chair trying to stay awake, but to become the church.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Bekah Cross permalink
    February 10, 2014 11:28 am

    Wow debbie, great blog post! Your girls are so enlightened by Jesus and His knowledge. that’s because of your example in Christ.

    Sent from my iPad

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    • February 10, 2014 11:38 am

      You also are a great example in Christ! I hope you’re thinking about camp!!

  2. Bobbi permalink
    February 10, 2014 11:20 pm

    AMEN! Good job girls! Terrific analysis and warning. I love you both!

  3. Josh permalink
    February 28, 2014 4:50 pm

    Awesome!!

  4. Chrissie McCutcheon permalink
    March 12, 2014 5:11 pm

    I loved hearing what Anna and Emily’s perspectives were, and they were right on spot!!! Way to go girls, keep the fire burning:)

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