If it’s true that even the people in the church have foundational misconceptions about what God is really like, (producing a severe struggle to express His miraculous nature), then it follows that those with no connection to Truth will also have foundational misconceptions about what God is really like, (making it inconceivable for them to want to be a part of it). As a result, many who are in the church don’t even enjoy being a part of it. However, struggling to see any other viable option for the heart to interact with the One True Vine, they attend church services Sunday after Sunday, year after year, applauding a God they don’t really know, paying a pastor to do 90% of the work, (all the while criticizing him), going home empty and void of any real encounter with God, and no knowledge of how the Father truly feels about them.
In short, there is an epidemic of religious emptiness that can only be cured by one thing…God’s radical and scandalous grace.
The answer is not switching churches, starting a home church, or moving to a third-world country to give something we don’t have. The answer is to accept God’s free invitation to that fork-in-the-road, authentic, literal “Come To Jesus” meeting, where the soul begs for Truth, and refuses to budge a single inch regardless of loss or suffering, until the God of grace smilingly whispers our identity to us. The world bows down to the love that fills the heart when God tells us our name. Do this. He is faithful to show up.