Modern Christianity looks very similar to the path of the Pharisees. It’s not only on Pastors of L.A that you see this blindness. It is in a vast number of buildings that we call church. And it is due to the fact that “Christian” has become a mere label. It’s very similar to me calling myself African-American. It is simply a name of an organization, or religion, whatever you’d like to call it.
Christianity has also become
law based, rather than founded in love. Because if it wasn’t, the pastor would know that communion is the only meal that some of his congregation will get for that day, and Love would’ve told him to share those tithes, or offering, with the true temple (the PEOPLE.) Rather than wasting money building another “campus” in another location, why not build a homeless shelter? Why not help someone out on their bills?
Jesus was asked what the way to eternal life was, and he replied to love God, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself (Luke 10). Since God is Love, he basically stated to love, Love. If you do not possess Love in your spirit, then it will show in your actions, or lack thereof.
We say we believe in Jesus, but what good is it to believe in a name, yet ignore what that name actually stands for? Jesus’ life is what he came to give. Not just a sacrifice to get us a ticket into heaven (forgiveness was already given before we even sinned, check out Genesis’ “in the beginning was the Word”). His life was defined by the action of Love. He came to show us HOW to love, and what Love looked like.
And quite frankly, many non-Christians have accepted the Message of God, because his pathway is not defined by labels, or whom you call yourself. Giving your life to God, is giving it up to LOVE.
1 Cor. 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. [But the greatest of these is love.]