October 30, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: The Church is Not a Daycare

Brother-Aaron-236x300You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in extraordinary times. Day by day, end time prophecies are coming to life right before our eyes.

There is an ill-wind blowing in America and the world today.

In the past few weeks alone we have witnessed terrorist’s attacks in Paris and in California. In addition to this, this ill-wind is manifesting itself through racial and civil unrest at unprecedented levels. We’ve witnessed the events of Ferguson and other places. We’ve seen cops targeted and killed.

We are witnessing the Black Lives Matter movement, which, in part, even led to the football players at the University of Missouri threatening to boycott their games if changes were not made. And this culminated with the resignation of the president of the college. As I said: Extraordinary times!

Another way this ill-wind is manifesting itself is through the spirit of self-centeredness that has infiltrated and infected America today. It’s all about us and having our way.

A good case-in-point is the student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University who, after hearing a sermon in chapel on love, of all things, came forward stating that the sermon “offended” him and made him feel “victimized.”

Evidently, he wanted something done about it. He wanted his feelings accommodated. However, I love the response that the President of the University had the courage to stand before his students, faculty, and the world and give.

Dr. Everett Piper said, “This is not a daycare!  This is a university.”  Wow!  He was telling the young man, and all of the students, to grow up and get about the business they came to college for in the first place – learning!

I wonder, shouldn’t we as Bible believing, Christ honoring churches, find the courage Dr. Piper found to stand before our congregations and make a similar declaration?

Shouldn’t we be declaring to our congregations that our church is not daycare center but is in fact, a last aid station at the very gates of hell, whose priority is to snatch hell-bound sinners out of Satan’s grasp? I’m telling you, I believe we are nearing the last few ticks on eternity’s time clock! This thing is winding up quickly!  And we must work while it is yet day for the night is coming when no man works!

Listen to me. Church programs are good. There is nothing wrong with our Mothers of Multiples programs, small group Bible studies, fellowship groups, sports ministries, choirs singing anthems, praise teams praising, children’s ministries ministering, youth programs youthing, and senior programs senioring!

But how long has it been since we have been reminded that our church is not a daycare and that our mission is seeing folks saved as evidenced by a changed lifestyle?

How long has it been since you heard a sermon from your pulpit specifically devoted to and expounding upon what Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3: 3 & 7?  John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

And to the pastors reading this column, remember, God has placed you as the pastor of His church. He did not appoint you as a Daycare Director!

So, if He allows you – preach on Nicodemus this Sunday morning.  Expound upon John 3: 3 & 7.  And in all boldness – Let ‘er Rip Tater Chip! ☺

Brother Aaron

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