I’m a regular at Starbucks, I visit the coffee houses 4-5 times a week to write, bible study and meet up with girls I mentor. I love the smell of coffee and I have gotten to know everyone that works there for the most part.
Many of the employees often ask me Biblical questions and share their hearts. Which I absolutely LOVE!
On a recent occasion a younger girl, I want to say 18-20 years old, she said something that I’ve heard from many before.
She said, “I don’t understand how people can post videos on social media getting drunk, at clubs, twerking, dress provocatively and the next day on Sunday… the post videos at church, dressed modest and singing praises with their hands lifted up.”
She stopped talking for about 20 seconds just looking at me as I looked at her, I was waiting to see if she was going to say anything else, she did… “one thing is having a drink or glass of wine, but to post videos at the club that way and then the very next day, have the audacity to post videos at church with hands lifted up and praising God. That’s hypocritical in so many ways.” She ended that true and powerful statement with, “that’s why I don’t go to church!”
I wanted to say many things. But as she was talking I was praying.
I was asking God to guide my words, I saw a very hurt young girl, mad, and frustrated with what the world sees as “Christians” and the “Church.”
I looked at her and the only thing I could tell her was, “You will know a tree by it’s fruits (Matthew 7:15:20) and I honestly believe that the problem is discipleship and lack of truly understanding the Word. (Hosea 4:6)”
Then she asked me, “have you ever done that?” In a challenging tone. I shared my testimony with her. And I told her, “to answer your question, yes I did that before. When I was months young as a Christian. I didn’t understand what being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16) was. I though just because I had accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, God’s grace was given to me, I could still do all of those things( 2 Corinthians 6:1-3). It wasn’t until I truly understood what the sacrifice on the cross truly was and the conviction took over my life (Hebrews 9:28).”
Her aggressiveness was gone and she was opened to me. She looked sad now and she said, “I just don’t get it, how can anyone expect us to go to church and be Christians with all that being something so light to people to do.” My response was, “the church is a place full of hurt, broken and lost people. It’s like a hospital for souls and hearts. Like I said earlier you will know a tree by it’s fruits. Not one person is perfect, people, we all make mistakes but I do see and agree with your issue here.”
All this to say, I know this generation teaches us to take advantage of God’s grace and mercy. By doing the same things over and over again and justifying it with, “I asked God to forgive me.” And then to go back and do what everyone is doing, post on a Friday and Saturday all those videos at the club, dancing, getting drunk and then on Sunday videos at church.
But that’s is misleading our young generation to think that’s Christianity. It’s Not, it’s deceiving!!!!!!! (Galatians 6:6-8) (2 Timothy 3:13)
My conversation with this young girl made me realize how crooked and twisted we make God seem.
The problem is the discipleship and obedience we have.
Many conversations I’ve had with many individuals tell me they are content and comfortable in their salvation (this was me at one point) because of a prayer, prayed. But the fruit of true saving faith should be EVIDENT. In all of us. This is why it is so important to know where we stand and challenge our faith each day. Sanctifying our hearts and minds (1 Peter 3:15-17).
Ask yourselves questions like “is this from my flesh or is this of God?” “Am I representing God or who I think God is?”
There is a big difference in those questions.
Just like this young girl I had this conversation with, there are so many more who feel the same way.
Let’s strive to be the reflection of the kingdom, not a replica of the misleading world we live in.