Cliché Christianity, Can I Get an Amen?

Posted on April 26, 2015

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Not sure who I will offend so I apologize ahead of time.  If God is returning for a glorious church without spot of wrinkle then one would assume that this church would not be a church filled with habitual language in prayers, teaching, and even prophecies, let alone all the Christian clichés.

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

In the previous verse Jesus warns his disciples not to just repeat prayers but they need to be real and from the heart. In many churches this programing begins so easy as an elder prays over the offering and nearly repeats the same prayer every time and the young impressionable believers think that is the proper way to do it.  So when any person which seems to have it together and appears to be or is an elder believer says a prayer or mentions a doctrine, newer believers latch on and begin repeating both prayers and doctrines instead of moving from the heart.

II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Apostle Paul lead by the Holy Spirit taught Timothy, the junior apostle, to be a student of the Bible.  Paul also commended the Berean’s for their diligence of breaking down the Bible and either confirming or disputing teachings that came their way.

Not That Smart

Some of you may be thinking that many people are not able to study and understand the Bible like, for instance you. Obviously not everyone is an Einstein but everyone has God.  Some of the believers that I have met over the years that I have the most respect for seemly have very low IQs. Yet a few of these that I would not trust to fill out a check properly or read a map know the heart of God and His Word like no other and when they pray it is real and from the heart and heaven is moved.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

God is no respecter of persons, anyone that has hunger for God’s heart, God will touch that person and lead them into all truth with or without a teacher.

Timing is Everything!

Who knows if you were born for such a time as this and by the way God is not through with you.  Both of the proceeding cliché prophecies, teachings, or prayers are often heard in the local church.  Just because Mordechai poised the question to  Esther whether she was born for such a time as this does not mean that we go around repeating it.  Just think, which one of us was not born for the time we live in? Which one of us should not be striving to be all we can be for God in the time we were born in? Hope you are getting the picture, each one of us if we go after God with all that we are has an important role in our families, our local church, our work place, and our communities that know other could do.  If you are alive, God is not through with you so why do people release this often soulish prophecy over someone who has just gone through something?  After shutting down The Father’s House weekly services I visited a church where a person knew that was the case and gave me a completely soulish prophecy and prayer about how God was not through with me and the person broke off all the woundedness from that I did not have as well. This is a perfect example of habitual and cliché Christianity at its best.  Observers would think this was just so awesome yet it was all in the flesh.

Cliché Catalog

I also thought it would be so fun to have a skit in church or maybe a contest of who could to a mock preaching session and use the most Christian clichés possible. The problem is that people are taught ridiculous things to repeat positive statements that become clichés and you will be that thing.  How often I have come upon a grim faced believer and asked how they were and they perked up and said “I’m blessed” in perfect southern cliché tone. I was not after a blanket statement of “I’m blessed,” but truly wanted to know how specifically this person’s walk as a believer was going. Yet some churches they walk about like zombies full of hurt and trauma telling each other they are blessed. I know God is good all the time and repetition is one of the best teaches but do college students go about expounding on properties of water that learned in a physics class every time you ask for a glass of water? Of course they don’t that would be silly, yet some do silly things like this in church all the time.

Can I Get a Little Help?

Not long ago I went to a live recording of a TV program and they have applause lights to encourage you to applaud at certain times to create an atmosphere for those watching at home.  Many sitcoms have laugh tracks playing in them to make their weak humor seem funnier than it is.  This may seem a bit fraudulent but some do the same in church, can I get a little help?  If a comedian has to tell you when to laugh, it’s because the comedian is not funny or at best, you didn’t get it. If this comedian habitually had to tell you laugh and or explain their joke they would not be a comedian very long and it would not be the audience fault but the poor performance of the comedian.  Yet in a church if the “amens” are not resounding along with applause and oooos and awes, its because the people of this congregation are not helping the preacher. The last Christian seminar I went to a very popular speaker today that really influenced my life at one time was doing one of the sessions I attended.  As this person was sharing he said are you getting this and continued on like the crowd should have been on their feet cheering at what he was sharing.  The problem was we all had been to his sessions before, listen to his recordings many times and though it was great teaching it was old news.  Any truth is more exciting the first time you learn it, let not be a broken record. If we asking for a little help, maybe its because the speaker didn’t listen to God on what he or she should be sharing to the specific crowd they are ministering to.

Be Real

Today many have no use for the local church and I would suggest to you it is because of many of things I wrote about today.  People want it to be real, not clichés and boring repeated messages and prayers.  The local church is really the answer to seeing our cities changed but not with clichés and traditions but with genuine real love and concern and it starts with each one of us.

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