This is going to be controversial. Ok, I warned you. Continue reading.
Today my friend Abi and I watched a lot of YouTube videos of a preacher in Miami. Apparently he’s the pastor of a mega-church called El Rey Jesus which is the largest Hispanic mega-church in the U.S. I had no idea who he was. Some people call him a false prophet, and some say his words flow with truth from the Holy Spirit. So, how do you know? In my history of judging mega-churches I have usually come to my own conclusion that they are false prophets. Why? Because they’re weird. People fall down and have crazy eyes. People seem to be miraculously healed. And I think, My church doesn’t look like that. It can’t be real.
What I realized today is that the Bible does look like that. Jesus only ministered for three years and we can assume that only a portion of his miracles were written down in the Bible, yet they were unbelievable! And John (Peter? someone…) said we would do even greater things in His name. God
would will use us to do incredible things, more than all we could ask or imagine.
Supernatural things seem weird to me because I have grown up in a church where supernatural is really not natural. Recently I’ve been thinking about that… about why supernatural things seem so weird when they happen in our lives, but we pray for them and seek them and read about them in the Bible. Why would we pray for supernatural things from God and then fear his supernatural response? A friend of mine once said to me, “Every time we pray we must expect supernatural things because prayer is supernatural. There is nothing natural about speaking to God.”
So, back to this preacher guy. I’ve been thinking about what is right and what is wrong and if there is a clear line to distinguish the two; if these people are false prophets or if the less emphatic pastors are false prophets, or if they’re all somehow right and somehow wrong. Here’s what it comes down to: if you are a follower of Jesus Christ your life should look different than someone who is not a follower of Christ. That doesn’t mean that your activities on Sunday morning are different, it means that your whole life is different. It means that when someone walks into your church, they see something that is not like the world outside its doors. It means when they know you, they know someone who is distinguished from the world, someone who acts differently and lives differently.
If you go to church on Sundays and that’s where your faith ends (or struggles to stay afloat), I am going to question your faith. Yeah, that’s harsh. I know. It doesn’t mean I’m condemning you, because I cannot do that. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you or don’t like you, because I do. It simply means Christ shows us what it looks like to lose our lives for his sake and if you’re living life in your own way and haven’t actually lost it, I think it is kind of silly to go around saying that you have. I want to challenge you to really lose your life. To not be afraid to look different. To not be afraid of the supernatural, super-awesome, super-powerful God that we serve and love.
Some people have called me a radical or an extremist in my faith. At one time it bothered me and has made me cry and feel alienated. Before I was hurt by it, but I’m not anymore. I think that’s the point of being God-followers. We are to look so different that we don’t make sense to the world. If we look just like it, why would it matter if we are Christians or not? Who cares if you believe in God. Whatever. What matters is if your life is a reflection of him and if you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
God charges us to look different from the world if we love him. Don’t diminish his glory shining in your life because you refuse to be different from the world. You are different. Now live like it.