I see a disturbing trend in churches. One I’ve gotten caught up in at times also.
In an effort to make Christianity relevant pastors often take the Bible and turned it into kind of recipe book for successful living.
Nine steps to a better marriage. Five steps to further your career. Twelve steps to overcome any problem.
Yet, let’s think about this. On a given Sunday around the world there has to be say a million more steps given. Wow, I didn’t even get the six from last Sunday going yet.
I watched it reach its logical conclusion in a conference that was popular in the 1970’s. At huge arenas all over the country during a long weekend people meticulously plowed through a huge red binder. It was filled with formulas, all indexed, to successfully navigate any challenge and receive God’s blessing in the midst.
The only problem was it left me and a whole lot of others not feeling encouraged but in despair.
We now we had the secret recipe book but how could I possibly remember let alone follow all of these steps every moment of every day? And the underlying threat was to the degree you fall short God won’t bless your life as fully.