This past week, while on vacation I was able to do some reading for fun! Yes, I used to read for fun before starting my masters. Since I enjoy listening to the Unashamed podcast with Phil, Alan and Jase Robertson from time to time I picked up The Theft of America’s Soul by Phil Robertson.
In the book Phil addresses the ten lies that America has been fed by the devil. Phil then proposes ten truths to combat the lies using Scripture, intertwined with his personal experiences. What I appreciated about the book was the plainness with which Phil approaches life, the Gospel and these lies. He keeps the main thing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the main thing and is focused on that above everything else. The other thing I appreciated was the use and treatment of Scripture in the book. I believe it was held rightly, in context and intention, when used to combat the lies that people in America has believed.
Here is a short excerpt from Chapter 9 “THE LIE: CHURCH PARTICIPATION AND DAY-TO-DAY LIFE SHOULD BE KEPT SEPARATE.”
“Of all the lies, perhaps the worst is the one he’s peddled to the church, the one we’ve bought hook, line, and sinker: church is an activity we attend two hours a week, and our faith is to be expressed there, not out in the world. Why is this lie the worst of the lot? Because we, the people of God, should know better.
Jesus never meant for his message to be contained within a building or confined to a service. He came to seek and save the lost, and where were the lost? They were out in the streets. The lost were the everyday businessmen, the fishermen, the women working at home. The lost were the children running through the streets. The lost were the beggars, the crippled, and the leprous. They were the tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners. So, although Jesus preached from time to time in the synagogue, he spent most of his time spreading his good news where the people were-in the world. In fact, Jesus was among the people so much that the religious teachers of the day took issue with it. They asked why he spent so much time with tax collectors and sinners. They called him a drunkard because he attended parties where sinners were. They watched as he spent time with women-women with bad reputations at that. Time and time again, they took issue with just how in the world Jesus was. But as Jesus went, he wasn’t compartmentalizing his faith. He was out there preaching.” (Robertson, 161)
How does this strike you?
Have you believed this lie?
Do you agree with Phil’s assessment but have not been able to implement it?
I’ll be honest. What impacted me was that I do not spend enough time around non-believers. Not as much as I would like to. Not as much as I see Jesus doing in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Join me in finding more ways to interact with non-believers. Not to tell them that their wrong or to prove that you are right, but to show them the way of the Master. To share with them the good news of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). That it is only through Him that one can be a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and experience true life (John 10:10). Join me in seeking to be the church (Ephesians 2:19-22) and not just attending one.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20