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Epistle to the G̶a̶l̶a̶t̶i̶a̶n̶s̶ Megachurches: Ch. 6

My friends, if it looks like anyone is failing in their duty to God, those among you who are spiritual should try to correct them in gentleness. Anyone who tries to correct others without cause might fall into the same trap.  Help each other out, because this is another way to be a part of Jesus’ mission.  If you think you have something to say that is more important than someone else’s words, you are probably wrong.  Everyone must judge their own deeds; that way, their own deeds, not the missteps of others, will be a just source of pride.  So get your own stuff right before you target others.

If someone is teaching you good stuff, make sure to share what good comes of it.

Don’t fool yourselves; God won’t sit back while you mock him, you’ll get what is coming to you.  If you invest in yourselves, corruption will pay you interest; but if you invest in the Spirit, the Spirit will take care of your retirement.  So don’t get sick of putting others first, because we will be glad that we were selfless when all is said and done, if we don’t give up.  So whenever you can, let’s all work for the good of all, and especially for those of the entire church.

See how much time I devoted to this? I typed it myself. Just to get the point across that your big church does not mean you are doing things right. There are those among you that are exceptions. Those whose building was donated, not built with a campaign. There are those who spend more than half of their budget on missions and the poor. But it is hard to find them. There are also those who may talk a good game, say all the right things, and look stellar to those who look in, but as only God knows, there is wrongness there. I don’t want to judge, but where there is smoke, there is fire. Small churches die because of financial reasons and their flock joins your church. That does not mean the Spirit is moving. That means the economic policies you support are killing smaller churches and benefiting you. I won’t boast about how good my church is. I hope I never boast about anything but the amazing acts and teachings of my President Jesus. It is because of him that the things of this world are secondary to me.  For neither big church or small church means anything; but being a new person means everything!  If you are among those who actually listen to this—peace to you, and mercy, and I pray that God is with you.

So from now on, back the hell off of me. Because I have suffered as much as I care to for the sake of Christ and his good news, yet even now, I surrender myself to as much more as it takes in order for me to be faithful to the call I have received, both pastor and prophet (in the loosest sense).

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Epistle to the G̶a̶l̶a̶t̶i̶a̶n̶s̶ Megachurches: Ch. 5

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Listen! I, Chad, am telling you that if you let yourself be manipulated by your own selfishness, Christ will be of no benefit to you.  I’ll tell you right now that if you want the government to be hands off of money, then you should force them to be hands off in every way.  You want to go at it by yourself? Fine. Pay the government back for your education, k-12, as well as any scholarships you got. Pay the government for the roads that took you places when you were a kid. Pay them back for the infrastructure that allows you to get water. Pay your parents back for any inheritance you got, and for all the things they gave you growing up. Pay the families of firefighters who died saving people close to you. Pay back Jesus for what he did for you. Until you can, as a Christian, you have no right to join political parties that don’t do their utmost to advocate for the poor. How dare you!?

For in Christ Jesus neither small church or big church counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.

You were doing so good at one point; who stepped in and barred you from obeying the truth?  That kind of talk didn’t come from God.  A little bit of poop spoils the entire brownie.  I trust you still have at least a little decency left to see that. But whoever is whispering in your ear will get theirs. But listen, my friends, why am I still getting so much push-back when try to help the cause of the poor? Am I not on God’s side? If the message were not radical, then everyone would be a Christian! If you want economic anarchy (deregulation), why don’t you just go take a bunch of guns, leave the poor behind, and found your own nation built on anarchy!

God has called you to be as free as you can, my people; just don’t use your freedom to seek yourselves in everything, but use the love you learned from Jesus to give up your freedom to each other.  Everything you need to know is right here, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you can’t love people long enough to stop attacking the ones trying to help, watch out because similar attacks will likely come back at you someday.

Live like the Spirit taught you, and don’t think so much about your own money.  These are polar opposites: what God wants and what you want. So try to do the opposite of what comes naturally to you. Now, your selfish nature produces the following, don’t do this: cheating on your spouse, impurity, a disregard for morality,  putting other things above God, chemical dependency, hate, division, jealousy, anger, fighting, dissensions, factions, envy, alcoholism, bad behavior, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not be part of the community of God.

On the other hand, if you do what God leads you to do, it will look like this:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. No one is trying to tell you to stop this stuff.  Those of us who are Christians are trying to put away our selfishness.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, growing bigger primarily because smaller churches go under.

Epistle to the G̶a̶l̶a̶t̶i̶a̶n̶s̶ Megachurches: Ch. 4

My ultimate point is this: There are times in our lives when we can claim we don’t know the whole story. We are like little kids. So we go to school and learn, hopefully so that we can be responsible adults. But now, here we are, all grown up, and still acting like children, thinking the world is about us and our salvation.  But God’s attitude was different. God owns everything. Yet God gave up everything, allowing us to share in the divine. God is guilty of being the communist or the socialist that you hate so much.  And it must be frustrating that the scripture tells us all to be as much like God as possible. Remember, “be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect?”

Yet here we are. You are STILL God’s beloved, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, so you can still say, “Daddy! Dad!”  But you aren’t little children anymore. Grow up. Give of yourselves before it is too late.

Before you were Christians, you did whatever you wanted. You lived a selfish life.  Now however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to serving those selfish desires, which really make you a slave to yourself? How can you want to be a slave?  You go to church all the damn time, celebrate Easter, Christmas, and even go to Bible studies! But I’m afraid that you are wasting your time.

Listen, you have not done me any wrong. I bear you no personal ill will. I remember worshiping with you. The tears flowed, voices were lifted, and for what it is worth, I still consider all of you to be friends. But just like me, I hope you are able to see past the good feelings and see instead the danger and harm that is below the surface. There are those among you that would have given the shirt off of their backs for me. And some did. There are those who daily put their lives in harm’s way for others. There are those among you that are some of the most humble, loving, decent people I have ever met. And it is for those people I am heartbroken. Because no matter how many of those are in a church, the mob mentality of thousands of selfish people who vote with their wallets will always win out.

My spiritual parents, I wish I could have stayed in the house until Christ is formed in you,  I wish I were present with you now and could change my tone, but I can’t do it anymore.

Tell me. What happens when you are fired and need a job? What happens when the 10% unemployment includes you? Who will pay for your big houses? Not the church. Who will help you? Probably your families, right? But what about those who don’t have any family? What of them? Those who have to move their families into shelters? Aren’t we supposed to all be ONE family? Good luck trying to get water from that stone.

Now this might interest you: These two rulers represent two different ways of being a king. Both were called the Son of David. One king, in fact, is Solomon, ruling from Jerusalem, who built a magnificent house for God. He used the best material, the best artists, and the end result was simply amazing. A work of art. The other king is Jesus. Jesus ruled from no place. He wandered around. He was among the people he ruled. He too built beautiful things, but not with materials. He invested in people, talked with poor, unclean folks, as well as the rich he happened upon. Solomon spent every night in luxury. Jesus never spent a single night that way. Solomon had a wife for every day of the year. Jesus has only one love – the world. Solomon is said to have been a terrible burden on the people. Jesus said his burden is light. Solomon used slaves, SLAVES! to build the temple of GOD! Jesus sets the slaves FREE! Don’t you get it? Who do you think the real king was? Who was the better Son of David? Even those who you emulate in the Bible are misunderstood by you. Turn to Jesus. Get your message and your mission from him, not whoever seems right to you at the time, whether it is me, Paul, or anyone else.