Religious zombieness & institutions called churches

To be in
A Christian
Is to be
By religious

Institutions called churches
Seem to lack the ability to
Stir up and maintain
In the hearts
Of their members
A spreading fire
Of ever-burning desire
To follow Jesus.
They tend to
Make people comfortable
And predictable
Instead of training them
To be vulnerable
And bendable
To the living Jesus.

Early Christianity was
A spontaneous enterprise
Driven by the inner fire
Of “Christ in you,”
Not a weekly
Religious exercise.

Christianity was never
Intended to be
A comfortable bed
For religious
Sleepy heads.

Christianity! You don’t need to be a zombie about it. “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Soldiers promptly obey mere human beings they call officers. If they refuse, they’re kicked out, jailed, or in some countries shot. Christian soldiers, however, frequently ignore and/or disobey the commands of the living, resurrected Jesus yet remain in good standing with the institutions called churches. Perhaps that explains the different level of effectiveness between a well-trained army and a church. (If you read the book of Acts, you’ll notice that the institutions we call churches lack the impact of the early Christian meetings.)

When we don’t learn to enjoy interacting with the living Jesus, Christianity becomes dull and obligatory. To believe in Jesus is to trust in and rely on Him, not on self or anyone or anything else.

It’s time for greater than first love Christianity — to love Jesus more than you ever have before. If you check your conscience and turn the notifications on its still small voice will lead you to Jesus. Wake up! Exit zombiness and let the living resurrected Jesus Christ fill you with His awe-filled presence and power.

Every voice in the community of Christ (like every key on a keyboard) has an important sound to make. When one person does most of the talking, church meets like zombies — as a passive audience, not as a living community.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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