Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

still trying to slove the religious problems


I posted a blog in my first year that is very similar to this one.  It was on trying to solve religious problems.  As we have experienced as a nation since that blog a true lost in mainline voice, I feel it is more needed now.  In the last few years my church the PC (USA) has only made the news for our big announcements on homosexuality and not nearly on the thousands of churches that are workings as God in the world.  Yes this announcements were important and I am proud of those moments but I am also proud of all the people who do God's work every day! 
My Spirit burns with passion over the problems with religion - established, institutionalized.

I am moved so deeply by the number of people I know personally who although believe in God and I would say are Spiritual (in tuned with God and the everyday interactions within their life) don't go to church or belong to a church family.  For many reasons people have moved beyond the church.  I claim, a lot, that it has to do with the fact that mainline church has lost its voice to the major conservatives.  But I think it is more then that, I believe that it is not just that our voice has become lost to the public but that we don't have voices.  Many mainline churches don't have voices because in believing that beliefs are personal matters - they don't take sides.  In being warm and welcoming excepting all - beliefs don't get discussed.  We have become clubs not places for spiritual renewal.  When fresh people come through our doors, we are signing them up to be one of us - part of this family of people without a sense of who we are - and yet we expect them to feel as if they belong.  How can a new person feel as if they belong to a place when they don't have history? When they don't know or understand what you believe? How can we prove to them that we are a different church, that we aren't stereotypical or we aren't hypocrites if we can't tell what we do believe?

When a seeker enters a church, they are looking for something. When they find nothing - no voice, no authenticity, no Spirit moving - they aren't going to stay.  This isn't to say that there is nothing for I assure you that at the core of every congregation there is something.  And even at the most club-like church there is a true Spirit of God moving. For those who believe especially they know and feel God.  The problem isn't that the Spirit has left or isn't there but that we have never learned how to give that Spirit voice.  In trying to be politically correct, in trying to be a place where all are welcome we have failed at one thing and that is defining our image of God beyond the European Male that wasn't Christ.  

The question isn't just how we make a more meaningful worship experience - that isn't how we get people to come to our church.  What is our voice and how do we let our voice be heard.  How do we go out into the community, teaching about Christ and encouraging people to worship with us.

We can't just sit around in our churches services not making any noise and allowing for the mainline churches to disappear.  We can't allow the more conservative voice speak only for God or allow the secular world to define churches by their requests for money and gossiping ladies. We must do ourselves better than that! We must do our God better than that!
 
As our election season goes into its finally months, as our country continues to struggle with racism, as our world continues to battle terrorism, as people go hungry and children witness evil we must ask ourselves is this really what God wants from us? To sit in our pews on Sundays and live in the secular world without a voice?  Or does our God want us to represent, to be an ambassador for Christ?  Does God's will include a voice for my theology?  My faith, your faith?!  It certainty does.  And wouldn't the world be a better place for it?  A debate of Christianity that actually includes all sides of it? 
 
Please take on your voice!  Speak about and use God's name not in vain but with the power to transform those around you.  Pray to God that our world comes to see that the true and amazing love of the God who offers us grace, no matter who we are!  We are neither Jew nor Gentile, slave or free, we are God's children!