Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
Here are the Top 10 Reasons 'WHY" and what we need to do about it!
#1. We don't KNOW God.
There is a lot of talk about RINOs: Republicans in Name Only. The word 'Christian' might mean anything today. Even our leader is a “Christian’, what does that mean???
#2 We don't know our PURPOSE.
We have 2 mandates, two reasons for walking this earth rather than being with Christ.
#1 Great Commandment. Does the Great Commandment mean anything to us in how we live our lives, how we spend our resources - our focus, our time and our money? If not, we need to fix it.
#2 Great Commission. Jesus died so we could be a part of His Kingdom. What priority does it have for us to do the same for others, bring them into His Kingdom? If we want to see things fixed in our nation, we need to understand our responsibilities. And, we need to do them.
#3 We aren't DISCIPLINED
Jesus said to make disciplined followers. Think about it, our grandparents had to work to live. What is the current state of affairs? The youngest generation MOSTLY understands entitlement, WORK is a foreign concept to them. What does that say about our future?
#4 We aren't TRAINED
Jesus said to make disciplined followers who observe what He taught. We reproduce what we ARE. Self check: how successful would we be if every Christian was like you or me? Jesus reproduced himself in others, let’s make sure that is true of you and me – Christ is living in and through us in all ways!
#5 We aren't FRUITFUL
The command in the garden was to be fruitful and multiply. Jesus refocused us on this command: His commands to us is to be fruitful and multiply. Are we doing that? If we don't do this simple thing, we can't expect to see the blessings that come from being fruitful.
#6 The Church is not the Ecclesia
Try this: Google these words: Ancient Greek Government Ecclesia. When Jesus established His Kingdom, he also established how it would be governed. Ecclesia wasn't a 'religious term', it was a form of government: Free, Democratic, and common in the Greek culture. Today, even Christians say, "Church and politics should be separate." Christians do NOT understand 'Ecclesia' they just understand 'church'. We need to understand what the Kingdom IS, how it should be GOVERNED and what our PLACE is in it.
#7 Too much TOP DOWN focus, not enough BOTTOM UP focus
Sure, Jesus preached to the multitudes, but he invested his life in the 12 and the 70. When it came down to it, there were 120 waiting for the ‘kickoff’. “Big people” are usually too busy to take time imparting to individuals. We have to, like Jesus did, spend time personally with individuals imparting what we know. That IS making Christ followers.
#8 We leave the work of ‘Making Disciples” to institutions
Whose job is it to make disciples who can turn the world upside down? If it is YOUR job, how are you doing it? Do we follow Christ’s example or is it left up to the ‘institutions’?
#9 Marriages and Families are in shambles
Strong families are the building block of the nation. Have you checked the divorce rate lately? What have we done to fix that? If we are to run the nation effectively, it needs to start with running our homes effectively.
#10 Go make disciples of all NATIONS.
Let’s see, who said that? Jesus. Our nation is in shambles because it has embraced godlessness and lawlessness. It is undisciplined, pleasure absorbed and entitlement promoting. Christians, we need to unite and BE a model Christian Nation. As we unite for deliberate action: Political Action, Social Action, Marketplace Action and Kingdom Building Action, we will succeed. Like reproduces like. We can pass that success to the nation, the United States. We need to do this NOW, before it is too late.
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