None of the following thoughts were in my head until, a few weeks ago. I came across an article about Francis Chan leaving his church and the reasons behind his decision. For some, his leaving is old news, it happened in 2010, but for me, it wasn’t. I had no idea until I came across that article and started to dig. God reveals in His own perfect timing.
Here’s a video where he discusses it in detail.
Francis Chan’s words stayed in my mind, a seed planted. As the seed began to germinate, I noticed things that I didn’t notice before. (Partly, because God put me in a position with a clearer view.) What I saw was a lot of people working for God, in some capacity, but they were being starved of the bread of life. Some were aware of the effects but others, long deprived, weren’t. These people were working for God, but their focus was no longer on God. Deceived, they had gotten caught up in the machines of this world, applying the same practices as secular organizations in an effort to compete. Instead of being transformed by the Gospel, they were conforming to the world, one step at a time.
This led me to question what else might be happening and the impact on other Christian organizations, both big and small. Should Christian organizations operate the same as their secular counterparts? Aren’t we just recreating the what the world is doing, only labeled as Christian? Adding a daily prayer session and Biblically centered training is a step in deviating from the world’s ways, but it is only a step. Shouldn’t everything we do be transformed by the Gospel as we grow closer to God? Why do we assume that excludes business practices and church operations?
I don’t have the answers to any of these questions. Only God knows the answers.
Please don’t think I am condemning any particular person or organization. I’m not. I am also not telling anyone to do anything. I am sharing my thoughts and asking questions. You want directions, seek God.
We are ALL SINNERS in a FALLEN WORLD. I am a sinner. You’re a sinner. They’re sinners. ALL OF US. We are in this together. Let’s own our ugly, sinful nature so we can confess it and let God transform us and all that we do for His glory.
Let’s open our Bibles and pray.
Update: Francis Chan’s Multiply Movement with David Platt details >>