Has God stopped using us?

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Recently, there was an article in Christianity Today by the author of the book Gay Girl, Good God. (Jackie Hill Perry) After reading the article it is safe to say God saved Jackie out of the LGBT community. However, he didn’t do this through the church. The article starts right out by saying, “God knew he wouldn’t get my attention in a church. Churches didn’t care too well for people like me. Me, being a gay girl. A gay girl who knew better than to let my feet take me where I didn’t feel welcomed. So God came to my house.”

Isn’t that sad? I mean, it’s not sad that God, who is bigger than the church, reached Jackie where she was. That is awesome. What is sad is that as a church we are so unwelcoming; God is not using us to reach the lost in the LGBT community. I think this is tragic.

This whole state of affairs has made me ask why. Why is God not using the US church to win the lost to himself? I have heard people say it’s because the church is divided. They quote John 17:21 and the discussion ends. Others remind us that we live in a post-modern, post-Christian age. Do people really think life, for early Christians, under Nero of Rome was any better for early Christians?

There is another explanation why God has stopped using the church. This won’t be popular because it is offensive. Plus it puts the responsibility on us rather than them. This solution states that we, the church, have given ourselves a pass. We are far from God. We have become soft on sin. Whether the sin is adultery, anger, bitterness, gossip, gluttony, prayerlessness, porn, materialism… (Or whatever is coming to your mind right now.) We are not holding ourselves to a holy standard. We are no longer calling sin, sin.

And because we are not dealing with our sin, we are in no position to help someone else.

As God did for Jackie Hill Perry God wants to do for you and me. Is it time for Jesus to come to your house?

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye
but do not notice the log that in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother,
‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
and behold, the log is in your eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to take the speck
out of your brother’s eye.

 

© 2018 Lena Rae

End Notes:
Jackie Hill Perry, “The Boring Night That Made Me a Christian,” Christianity Today, September 2018, pp.71-72
— Matthew 7:3-5 NASB

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

2 thoughts on “Has God stopped using us?”

  1. What a thought provoking article, Lena Rae. As to the question as to whether God has stopped using us or not, no He hasn’t. Does He always use the organized church to do it? Obviously not. And you state some very valid reasons for that. But We are the church, and God uses Us. Many individuals come to Him because of a believer loving and caring and reaching out. May we all crave the maturity to recognize the opportunities and to respond to them. And what a good reminder to all of us when we attend a worship service not to avoid strangers. We don’t have to be a spiritual giant to smile and sincerely welcome them. We aren’t condoning Godless lifestyles by doing that.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. It gives me something to think about when someone bounces ideas off my thoughts. Let’s hope God hasn’t completely stopped using the church. But in the case of LGBT community he has in more cases than not. They are like modern-day lepers. It is a tragic. And, also in the case of our young people the church is “largely impotent, irrelevant.”

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