Our "Live Like We're Dying" series continues to generate some good conversations as we consider what it looks like for us to follow Jesus' example by living with intentionality, urgency, and a passion for the Good News.
One of our members texted me yesterday that he was "still mad." In most cases, that would be a cause for alarm, but in this case, I knew that he was referring to our Life App that simply challenged our members to "Get Angry!" Not about the superficial things that usually plague churches like the color of the carpet, but about things that really matter.
I mentioned that we need to get a holy zeal (anger) when it comes to:
People in our community who are in need and the fact that our crisis center (food pantry and clothing closet) have not been able to open for the past two weeks due to the weather.
Missionaries and other believers who are dying in the Middle East because Islam has blinded the minds and hearts of many in that region. That whole people groups still have limited access to the good news.
Others who are lost and still don't know Jesus right here in Wilkes County. Statistics like the one that I published recently from Thom Rainer via Carey Nieuwhof that stated:
"In addition, 48% of Millennials (born between 1984-2002) can be called post-Christian in their beliefs, thinking and worldview."
Challenges like these should anger us more than the momentary discomforts that we face at times. We need to strive for a higher view of faith that does not limit theology to a cerebral gathering of knowledge with little impact on the way that we live our lives from day to day. Whenever we read the gospels, Jesus correlated our theology with our actions and those who did not do so were not regarded as followers of His.
So I hope that I did not scare anyone with my recent status on Facebook that read:
"I'm probably the only pastor in the world who is excited about his angry church members today! #firedup #buckleup #listentothesermon"
The truth is that I am very excited because people are starting to get it! We are looking beyond what Bruce Ashford at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary called living like "Narcissistic Me-Monkeys" and embracing a faith that enables us to follow the footsteps of our Savior as we live like we're dying.