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Leaving The 99

Christian Mission Creep: Are you still making the main thing the main thing?

Have you noticed Jesus’s first followers were not Hollywood A-listers, influencers, or captains of industry? They were rough-cussing fishermen, troublemakers and the contemptable insiders.

The more ‘religious’ and ‘respectable’ someone was, the more likely they were to find fault and pick fights with Christ and his disciples. When the sinless Son of God Himself showed up in their midst, even HE wasn’t good enough to join their little bless-me club.

Good thing nobody still makes that same mistake today, right?

What Jesus came to build was the opposite of the Pharisees’ country-club kind of religion. It was open to everybody: the hopeless and unloveable. The rejects and burnouts. The washed-up has-beens and never-amount-to-anythings.

The hoi polloi, right down to hookers, deabeats, scumbags and con-men were rejected by the important people decked out with Brooks Brothers and Prada, but they flocked to Jesus and he welcomed them with love. It was outrageous. It was offensive. How dare he!

Jesus came for the people who had nothing special on their CV to offer Him. No power. No connections. No quid-pro-quo. Unlike so many legalists and performative religious actors, the misfits were the ones who came to Him with the one thing Christ really asked of them… love.

It’s so easy for Churches to get so caught up in a pet project that they forget about what Jesus really wanted from His Church.

He didn’t come to set the world right politically, because every human political system is imperfect. Points of failure are built into every one of them. The failure point is rooted in human nature itself.

Jesus didn’t come to build a social movement, either. It’s both commended and commanded that Christians care for the poor and the sick. But it’s possible to meet every natural need someone has and still fail them in the worst way possible… leaving them doomed to endure a Christ-less eternity.

What He DID come to do was FAR more important… and any Christian willing to make His priorities their own will join Him in that project.

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Doug Giles

Doug Giles is Pastor of Liberty Fellowship in Wimberley, TX, and is the founder of (290M+ page views). Giles is also the author of the NEW book, The Wildman Devotional: A 50 Day Devotional For Men. Follow Doug on Instagram and Truth Social at @thegilesway and on Twitter @TheArtOfDoug.