Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beware the Status Quo

According to Wikipedia, "status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regards to social or political issues."

When it comes to church life we must beware the danger of the status quo.

Life has a certain momentum to it. We wake up, we do stuff, we go to bed. Repeat. While we may not be doing anything particularly sinful, we may also be wasting away many days without even thinking about it. We just exist on automatic pilot. I'm as guilty as anyone else of this.

It's easy to point at the church institution and see the entrenched status quo at work: Christians "go to church" on Sundays at an expensive building to sing "worship songs" and listen to an "expert" lecture to them. This happens week after week after week.

Instead of looking at the institution (which admittedly is an easy target), it probably does us more good to look at self. What areas of our own lives are governed by the cultural momentum of the status quo? Sometimes I can go for an entire day without thinking about serving/helping anybody else. I can go for hours at a time without even thinking about God. Not good.

We must all beware the status quo. It is a great spiritual danger to us as individuals and as the body of Christ.

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