April 9th, 2014 17:47 EST
Simple Truth for Complicated Times
By Deborah Smith Simpkins
This is a call to all men and women of the cloth. The time has come to regain control of our ministries. God`s people need more than just motivational words and good singing; they need real solutions to today`s problems.
The Church used to be: a safe haven, a place of refuge where the sick, down trodden and rejected souls could come and feel accepted. The Church used to be a non-judgmental arena for those who have faltered or failed in aspects of their personal or professional life. In some churches it has become a political campaign for those seeking prestige, position and power. Sadly enough, it`s a platform for people to come in the door hurt and distraught given an inspirational sermon and encouraged to give beyond their means and leave still in pain and with no implementation of help or change.
Hurting people seek help from the church like sick people seek help from a doctor; in essence the church used to be a place of healing or a place to go through the healing process. It now seems that church has become more about worldly business than God`s business.
Are we not concerned with all the scandals in the church today? The news is full of stories of adultery, theft and even murder happening right in the pulpit! It is not the physical building the Church that is hurting people; it is in fact the representatives of the church that are inflicting pain and betraying the trust of the people and of God.
Now is the time that we need to regain control of the church. We need to lead by example and build ministries that help God`s people. This isn`t a process that will happen overnight but if we realize our shortcomings and began to implement change, it can happen eventually. Let`s stop talking (especially about those things that are not pleasing to God) and start doing those things that will be pleasing unto Him.
This letter isn`t meant to point fingers at any one person; it`s a first step in the right direction to acknowledge we have work to do. Those willing to take the first steps toward change, let`s do it. We are the church; let`s start doing the work of the church together! I am more than willing to be a part of the process, are you?
About Deborah Smith Simpkins:
Deborah is a powerful motivational speaker, minister and entrepreneurial book publisher. Her life and spiritual walk is testament to the way God`s providence allows for pain, setbacks and challenging obstacles " but always with a rebirth and a sequel in mind. A preacher`s kid (PK) who grew up immersed in The Word, she has seen her share of church politics. Her best selling novel Ministers with White Collars & Blacks Secrets is a testament of not only what she witnessed in the church, but what she experienced for herself. For more information please visit www.deborahsmithpublications.net