Seek Jesus Not Church
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55: 6
Thursday morning I was watching Fleetwood Mac perform live on the TODAY SHOW. They are one of my favorite bands from the 70’s. I just have always loved their sound. One of the things I really liked about them is that they have three lead vocalists who also sing harmony extremely well. That morning as they played the song “Go Your Own Way” there was a red banner behind the stage that read, “SEEK JESUS NOT CHURCH”. That simple phrase instantly struck me as a Spiritual truth and it has been on my heart and mind since I first saw it. I do not think that the band was responsible for the banner, but I guess it is a possibility even though they have been known to practice witchcraft and abuse cocaine in the past. Either way I will certainly be praying for them from now on.
“SEEK JESUS NOT CHURCH”, That certainly does ring very true to me. It makes great sense because it is Jesus that defines the Church and certainly not the other way around. In fact much of the mess that most of the Traditional/Institutional “Church” has become comes from its attempting to define who Jesus is for themselves and outsiders. The Jesus they present is exclusive and not inclusive and many times quite angry and judgemental. Their Jesus condemns sin and sinners instead of being the One who reconciles All to right standing with God in spite of their sins. Their Jesus rubber stamps and approves of them isolating themselves from the world and hating those still in it. Their Jesus divides while the true Jesus unites. Finally their Jesus has love and redemption, but only for those who meet their conditions and criteria. When you seek Church instead of Christ you end up with the Christ they preach and define instead of the One True living and all loving and forgiving Jesus Christ Who is Lord over all creation.
If you desire life, love and truth SEEK JESUS and allow Him to fully define and reveal Himself to you. For in that process He will also introduce you to the true Church, the Body of Christ who gladly welcomes whosoever will into its outstretched arms of mercy and grace. The true Church is always about relationship and not dead religion. The true Church is about total freedom in the Spirit and not rules and legalism. The false Church is about traditions, conditions and the Law. The true Church knows that the Letter of the Law kills, but the Spirit always gives life and more freedom. The false Church sets itself up as judge, jury and makes God into the executioner. I am not meaning to be so harsh, but in comparison there are HUGE differences between the true Church of Jesus and the other one out there claiming to be His, but in reality is man centric instead of Christ centric.
All I really know is this….. Jesus loves you and if you seek Him you will find Him. When you receive Him His Spirit will fill and guide you into all truth, even the truth about Church. So don’t put the cart before the horse and instead seek Him first and allow Him to reveal Himself to you. The Love of Christ is unconditional. Being in Christ is a lifelong journey of discovering the truth in love. It is my sincere hope and prayer that whoever reads this finds Him and then at HIs leading discovers true fellowship with others in the glorious Bride of Christ which is the one true Church. Please do not settle for anything less than His Love, Grace and Truth.
Kirk Out !