Friday, February 27, 2015

Not Around Here...

Not around these parts. No way.

Our goal is to have more eternal relevance than worldly and cultural relevance.

No matter what the people all around us are saying.

It's super crazy. Because even though the Bible clearly tells us things like:

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." [Romans 12:2]
or:
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them." [1 John 2:15]
or:
"...don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." [James 4:4]
or:
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." [John 15: 18-19]
The church seems to be trying to tell us otherwise...

Church leaders, teachers of our children, elders, those claiming Christ - are saying things like "We can meet people where they are. How they are. We can look like them to reach them better."

And hear me - we ABSOLUTELY CAN meet them there - but as we stand there with them - we should look DRASTICALLY different than they do.

Not to be confused for those who don't know Him.

We have to be different. We have to do like Lecrae says and not be "scared to be different!"

Because right now... the church... the church DOES seem scared.

And it's bad in the little "c" church, man...

Metrics, numbers, giving, attendance, service, have all taken precedence over biblical truth.

Those things are important - but they're always second to TRUTH.

But pastors imply otherwise.

Teachers teach otherwise.

Counselors guide us otherwise.

And leaders lead us otherwise.

But not in this house. Cuz here... we got a mommy and daddy who are leading, guiding, teaching and implying against all of that.

And we got a great group of goofballs - who at a pretty young age - are getting it.

Oh they wrestle with it - try to understand it - pray about it - but ultimately - our prayer is they get discipled at a young age before the world - dare I say the worldy church - convinces them that their biblical foundation isn't needed.

STAY PECULIAR HOFFMANS... STAY PECULIAR!

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