Unfortunately, political correctness is also alive and well inside the church walls. This correctness is on steroids when, knowingly, a church (staff or pastor) caters to make a certain segment of society “feel” welcomed. Mark my words, inevitably this leads to the exclusion of all others…Is that really WJWD?
You may think this could never happen to the church you’ve attended for years, maybe even decades; after all…this is church, where everyone is welcome…right? Well that’s what I thought too. So I will argue till I’m blue in the face, yes it can happen, because this is exactly what has happened to my church, one of America’s largest.
At my church, the newer paid staff – not counting all the pastors– are all of one segment of society, they are joined together by a common thread of hatred and bitterness for past social wrongs and perceived present day events, (Trayvon, Ferguson and whatever may occur next week.) The staff’s mission is to eradicate – their perceived foes — using social “in-justice” on all the long time congregants, volunteers and visiting guests. This stealth operation of transforming a church is like watching a car crash in slow-mo…and it’s taking place before my very eyes!
In recent years, church has been getting downright dangerous to attend since this segment of attendees now inhabiting — invited in by the staff who hold a certain disdain against a different segment of society — are there for ulterior motives other than to worship God and socialize with those members already in attendance. The staffs’ invitees are there to display their bad attitude and hatred towards all who are not fellow members of their same societal group.
In addition to that madness, there are the staff-minions (helpers, aka volunteers); these are like-minded foot soldiers who put on a church badge and a grudge. They tow the line making sure that the “undesirables” are systematically eliminated. Getting rid of someone is not that hard to do, just mistreat the hell out of them… which usually works. The staff and their minions, along with their newly acquired congregants, have a plethora of cruel weapons in their battle bags. Weapons of snubbing, ignoring, arguing (aka picking a fight,) act outs, sticking their nose up in the air when walking by, or bumping you out of the way with no “excuse me” and, believe it or not, growling! All being used in an attempt to rid this church (and possibly your church) of all attendees and volunteers whom they and the staff do not approve of. These haters forget they are in a church!!!!
Again one needs to ask, WWJD? Answer? Well, I think it’s safe to say Jesus would not approve of what’s happening. Jesus is the God of inclusion and not exclusion, He died for all.
John 3:16 For God so loved the [whole] world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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