Well, it’s been a while and this chapter has a lot to it… i think that David rasies more questions than he answers here, but it could just be me… the point he’s emphasizing does come through just fine, but for me, i’m left running off on tangents that have been briefly touched on, some even inadvertently… anyway…

building off of the back of the previous chapter’s illustration of his trip to the Masters and how the power of presence attracts a crowd, David contrasts that to the lack of attendance at church services across the country… this may sound rather brash, but i think David has answered his own question as he continues to ponder the success of The Masters without the presence of the “masters”… maybe people stopped coming to church because they stopped seeing Jesus there…

We’ve become so complacent in the church – so focused on the venue and the music and the pastor and the comfort and all of what should be ancillary aspects of a service – that maybe we stopped inviting God to His own house… i know that sounds very cynical and jaded, but it’s a possibility, at least in some instances… we’ve gotten so into the presentation that the message may have been lost long ago… and worship becomes a performance and the message becomes background noise or feel-good drivel…

To hear stories of the church abroad, and how the entire nations will come to a halt in order to accommodate a worship gathering, how people will walk for days to attend, and leave forever changed… well, that’s all a testament to the fact that the power hasn’t left God or the message… it’s just that we are so distracted that we miss it a lot of times…

now, i will have to disagree where David mentions that he thinks that if God were to perform healings and other miracles, that people would start showing back up to church… people asked Jesus for the same thing towards the end of His ministry and he replied that if people aren’t convinced by the sign of Jonah (His resurrection), then nothing else would convince them… He even mentioned that in the parable of Lazurus and the rich man…

i think, to be perfectly honest (and a bit blunt) that calling out for miracles is the lazy answer… it’s not on God’s shoulders to spread the Gospel on earth right now, it’s on ours… we’re living miracles – living examples of spiritual healing – and we’re the mouthpiece of God’s power… we’re the ones who are supposed to share the message with our neighbors and with the world… no gimmacks, no tricks, just us and the testimonies we live every day…

but what good it salt once it’s lost its saltiness?

peace… love… bdg…