Caution: Church Ahead!

"Caution: Church Ahead!" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Caution: Church Ahead!” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


The Parable:

It was a sunny morning so I decided to go for a walk.

Seems like a nice neighborhood.

Until I came across a sign cautioning me that there was a church up ahead.

A vague recollection, like deja-vu, swept through my mind. But I felt it in my heart. No, I felt it in my gut. A physical reaction.

Is this what they call a “trigger”?

I came to my people before.

It didn’t turn out well.


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2 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    I posted this to a friend, just today, on FaceBook:

    “If I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.” In context, Jesus was speaking about his death on the cross.

    Yet, the principle remains – – if the simple story of Jesus is shared, it hits home. People get it. They call on him for salvation. The bell is rung… and they never forget hearing it.

    I was saved in 1970 by the Old School Evangelicals. They held rallies, and preached Jesus. They made friends with the non-believers. It was simple.

    The New School Evangelicals scarcely show Jesus at all. Their focus is the culture changing back to 1950 (a nation becoming more externally righteous so that God will bless them and not the Russians). They just struck out ‘and not the Russians’.

    They cannot make friends with the non-believers – – because they are attacking the non-believer’s culture. “Love the sinner but hate the sin” was an incredible failure. They forgot to make friends for a few years before discussing ‘cultural sins’…. sad… so very sad. So, the non-believers only know the New School for ‘hate’ and not for ‘love’.

    The New School taught their people to speak the gospel unclearly… “I love you, that is why I must speak against your rainbow pride T-shirt” – and they said that to a perfect stranger on the street. No friendship. No context. No showing love by deep listening and giving … when the neighbor was low on groceries, needed help with the lawn, or just wanted to talk about his upcoming divorce.

    All that said, I am glad that my children’s generation has rejected the New School evangelicalism that is all around them. It is all they have ever known… and it is a false gospel.

    There never was a history of Jesus trying to change the Roman or Jewish culture. Never. Was. Written.