An Open Letter to the Christian Community of America.
Have you ever noticed…
When God wants to get your attention, He has a very interesting way of doing it?
Over the last year or so, we’ve seen the #MeToo movement sweep across America, revealing absolutely horrendous stories of sexual abuse and merciless harassment. Stories that were once swept under the carpet but now laid out for all to see. Powerful men in very prominent positions have been called on the carpet while women, who’ve been silent victims for years, are now being given the opportunity to recover a piece of their dignity after being told by society to be quiet and hold your tongue.
It’s interesting to me how some Christians, over the last year, go on social media, clucking their tongues, saying, “Yeah…it’s about time some of these godless, evil men get their due!” or “Good…God is finally saying He’s had enough of this nonsense in America and He’s pulling the rug out on these evil bullies!”
Bold words. But here’s the rub, my dear friends.
If indeed, God is cleaning up America, exposing the deep, dark sins of big-time power brokers, we, in the church of America, need to be very aware that God never separates the secular from the sacred. When it comes to exposing sin, God has a track record of cleaning house from top to bottom, from the inside out.
Please take note of these three examples: Three men in very prominent positions. Men who are respected in their field of work and are very vocal about their faith in Christ.
Bill Hybels, successful founding pastor of Willow Creek Church & Association
Urban Meyer, successful football coach at Florida and Ohio State
Donald Trump, successful businessman and President of the United States
Please understand me here. My goal is not to point fingers at these three men in order to call out their sin. Their own words and actions have done that. If finger-pointing were my goal here, I’d also have to write, in equal fairness, several pages on my own sinfulness, pride, and arrogance.
My point is this.
It’s time for us, my fellow Christ-follower, to stop all the criticism of others, stop our mindless chatter, stop the finger pointing, and do a little soul-searching on our own.
What is it, for example, are we demanding from our Christianity in America? What is it that births an environment where men like Bill Hybels, Urban Meyer, and Donald Trump are crowned as kings? Could it be that “winning at all costs” has overtaken us?
As I see it, whether it’s the church we attend, the sports team we support, or the political party we subscribe to, we, American Christians, have demanded that our team be the biggest, the best, and most powerful. Oh yeah, we tip our hat to purity, integrity and having an inner compass, but let’s face it, friends, while these three men all need to face up to their personal #MeToo sins, it’s seems to me that it’s our persistent demand for the biggest and best-est that drives this machine called “success.”
Could it be time for a reality check?
Maybe we all stop a moment, take a deep breath, and look inwardly at our true motivations? How about if we ask some brave, honest questions of ourselves…
Why do we want to build “The Most Influential Church in America,” and at what cost?
Why do we want to be “#1 in College Football,” and at what cost?
Why do we want to “Make America Great Again,” and at what cost?
I’m guessing with just a little bit of silence, God might expose some of our own prideful arrogance and invite us into a season of humility and humbleness, reminiscent of the much-quoted text found in 2ndChronicles 7: 14
…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
My Prayer: Father God, all this hubbub surrounding the sin being exposed through the #MeToo movement can either stir me to more anger and criticism or it can move me to my knees. I repent, Jesus, of my desire to have and control the biggest and best-est…at all costs. This attitude is not found in the Scriptures, it’s not found in the life of Christ, and it shouldn’t be found in me. So, Holy Spirit, I say #MeToo. I’m guilty of pushing all the buttons to be the most powerful & successful in those things I do. Forgive me. For Your name’s sake. Amen.
Some Questions For Me To Ponder: So, where have I been pushing and driving for success at all costs? Where am I overlooking basic rules of honesty, integrity, respect and honor, thinking more about me, myself, and I rather than the needs of others? What steps can I take today to make my words and actions become more Christ-like?
So what is God saying to you as you digest all the news coming from the #MeToo movement?