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“I’ll have the….Dry Bones and a side of cake, to go.”

I. Love. Cake.  Butter cream icing, load it on.  The more the better.  Who needs an actual birthday to get a store bought birthday cake?  I’ll buy one just to celebrate watching the “Cake Boss” on TLC.  I’d consider dueling a one year old infant for her first smash cake.  Yup, cake.  It’s an American past time spiked with a side of gluttony. What’s not to love? Butter, sugar, sometimes chocolate…YuuuuUM!  The unfortunate downside to a steady diet of cake:  love handles, thunder thighs, and a butt that just won’t quit.  There’s also sluggishness, bad cholesterol, and an abysmal self-esteem. You won’t find cake in the dietary requirements pyramid, no nutrients, vitamin C or protein. And although the health benefits aren’t found here on earth I’m pretty sure I have my oldest child convinced that birthday cake will grow on trees in heaven. 

 It seems like the church as a whole wants an all year birthday celebration.  We’re servin’ up gooey, sugary, candy-coated cake to the masses.  Many Christians have given up on nutrient-packed, protein-rich, wholeness found in scripture.  Rather than lead people to the meat of the Bible, we’re content just to throw them the dry bones and hope they can somehow sustain themselves with a pastry delicacy that tastes good and sounds even better. I don’t know what kid (or adult for that matter) who would rather eat broccoli than feast upon a tray of brownies.  But, we know (or we should know) what is best, what is healthy, and what is going to promote growth, health, and sustenance.

 There are people who are salivating for something that will satiate them, but rather than take in what is good for the soul and promotes spiritual growth they are contented to indulge in what tastes good, i.e. what they want to hear without having to make changes in their spiritual diet.  Consequently you have a building (buildings would probably be more appropriate) full of cranky, fake, dry, plastic people hopped up on the portion of extracted sugar from the Bible.  Like a spoiled three-year old who doesn’t understand why he can’t have dessert for dinner, congregants don’t wanna hear what doesn’t taste sweet and make them feel all warm inside. 

 Or don’t they?

 Ok, sure, we should love people, but is it really loving them to let them continue on a path to destruction?  If they are making repeated decisions that hurt them and others, isn’t it more loving (not easy or sweet) to tell them how much you care and that they are headed for disaster?  There’s not decadency, on either side, to hear hard truth.  It’s so much more fun to eat the cake without making sure you have a balanced diet of accountability, healthy understanding of sin and consequences, and the ability to recognize the benefits of a spiritually guarded lifestyle.  The Bible has this to say,

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

 People think they want cake.  Sprinkles, candies, frosting, all the love, without the annoyance of all that “sin talk.” But what they don’t realize is that they are starving themselves of what they truly need: grace and truth. Love and conviction. What is most unfortunate is that the leaders in the church are serving up what the people order on silver platters decked out in party hats.

  1. April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great message! And you are absolutely right. However, you pointed out problems without offering solutions on how to get those same people to take the meat. Their is a problem when you try to reach people whose senses are accustomed to sweets. They crave the sweets. So the attraction factor is important in the weekend services part of the Church. I wouldn’t call it meat and potatoes, but maybe fruit salad. Healthy but just not quite enough. The meat comes in the small group bible study, the individual bible study, the mentoring, the serivice, the discipling. We should always expect Truth from the pulpit. We should always expect the Word from the pulpit. And on occasion we should expect some depth from the pulpit. Yet, we should understand that we are now trying to reach a biblically illiterate world. So these people have no clue who Moses or Joshua were. Samson is the guy luggage was named after. Jesus is the baby at Christmas, right?

    So maybe the new tongues is learning to communicate with a fallen world that doesn’t even recognize the Bible story characters. We need to get them into a relationship with a Christian(s) before we can expect them to dedicate their own lives to Him. So, is that up to XYZ Bible Church or St. Reverant Holy Sacrament Church, or is that up to the individual Christian — to reach out to other individuals? Help them, serve them, pray for them, . . . just love on them. That is stuff that is palatable. That is what makes the medicine go down. When you bring the Main Course, they will be ready to eat . . . and share it with others!

    Thanks for this blog. Motivated me to share the Good News even more!
    ~ Roc

    • Order in the Quart!
      April 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      Hey Doc,
      Thank you for your feedback and your insight. I agree that a followup with practical resources is necessary to this installation. I totally agree that “baby Christians” need basics training, but you and I are in complete agreement that solid truth should always be preached and there will be times that some of it might “go over one’s head.” However, we must never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit in providing guidance and understanding. It is also the church’s responsibility to provide the things that you mentioned: discipleship, mentorship, biblical study, both for the new Christian and for the mature believer. The fact is that mature growth is severely lacking and they are being underfed, underutilized, and falling away consequently. Balance is key! Thanks so much Doc!!

    • Order in the Quart!
      April 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      btw. could you post this comment to my facebook thread on my notes? This is great dialogue!!

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