Growing up I remember playing video games with amazing graphics in a machine known as the Nintendo.
I loved playing games where I could do something through the machine that I could have never done in real life. I loved playing games where I was fighting against something that was attempting to take over the world. My band of commanders and I were ready to take out the evil empire.
However, as a child I would get bored with the games really quickly. There were never enough of the enemies to take out and I would look for something else to do within the game.
When I wasn’t walking out of the level (some of you are tracking with me), I would occasionally begin to fire at my own side… My own teammates.
It wasn’t because it was the goal, I knew it wasn’t, it was because I had lost sight of the real mission of the game – to take out the enemy.
I’m afraid the Church has often been guilty of playing out much the same way.
We’ve lost sight of the real mission and began to fight amongst ourselves. We’ll fight over doctrine, theology, and processes, while often forgetting that it’s all about Jesus.
We need to turn this around. We have to.
In order to reach the world.
Let’s find the essential things we agree on and fight for the ‘good guys’!