In a recent conversation, a topic came up on churches and how no matter
who you are or where you are, there are excuses that can be made. In the
winter time there is the excuse that people do not want to come out
because it is too cold. Then we get to summer time and we have the
excuse of vacations. The fact of the matter is there is never a good
season for people to come to church.

The problem however that I have noticed is that we always have an
excuse. And for so many Christians, we have gotten very good at making
excuses (myself included). However, as Christians our ultimate goal is
to become more like Christ and to live as He lived when He was on this
earth, not be good at making excuses.

Since we have gotten so good at making excuses, it has carried over
into many aspects of life. This has caused those in ministry to be full
excuses. However, at some point the leaders in ministry have to say
enough is enough no more excuses. What I’ve noticed though is it is much
deeper than this. It is not just a making excuses problem.

In America we have changed Christianity to fit into our culture.
Making excuses is part of our culture and so it has become part of
Christianity. This has caused it to carry over into ministry. We have
begun to do our ministry like Americans. Now, this may not seem like a
big deal or a bad. You may be thinking do we not want to do ministry
like Americans? I mean after all we are Americans. The reason this is a
problem is because Americans do what’s convenient for them. So, when we
do ministry, we are often just doing what is convenient for us in the
process.

At this point we have to come back to a previous statement I made. As
Christians we are to become more like Christ and live as He did. So,
this should cause us to examine the way Jesus did ministry. Lets take a
look at an instance in Jesus’ life to help us examine this.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”

Mark 1:35-39

 

In this passage Jesus tries to get some time with God alone (about 4
AM). While He is praying He gets interrupted by people looking for him
and He stopped what He’s doing and goes to minister to them.
Here’s the solution, stop making excuses. But don’t just stop
making excuses, start doing ministry like Jesus and not like an
American. Our country and our churches don’t need more pastors or people
trying to Americanize Jesus, they just need someone to be like Jesus.