I have two confessions for you today. The first is a personal weakness, and the second is a corporate weakness in the body today.
For those that do not know me, I do have a “normal” job in the IT industry. I also have a full time family; therefore, SeqHim is mainly something I work on early in the morning and some late evenings. As such, I figure I have to focus on one or two things to make meaningful progress. Right now, these two things are fundraising and community development. Problem is, I’m much more motivated my the later than the former, so I have made little progress on fundraising. I’m praying through this, and I would benefit if you would lift me to the Lord as well.
I mentioned that the second confession is corporate in nature. I mentioned Nehemiah a few posts ago, and I’ll quote him again here…
We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which you have commanded Your servant Moses. Nehemiah 1:7 (NASB)
Nehemiah prayed these words as he was lamenting the plight of the people before he went before the King with his request to go back to Jerusalem. I’ve personally remained committed to praying over God’s people almost daily as Nehemiah did, and it hit me in the past few days just how mistaken the Church has been in the times of prosperity and how we are suffering for it now that difficulty is increasing.
I have not yet done any formal “research”, but I do have enough relationships with enough leaders of local churches to know that generally speaking attendance is up but giving is down…significantly. Just yesterday, a local church leader and I discussed the tie to our lack of training when times were good. Churches today feel compelled to “dial for dollars” just to survive, and I feel increasingly certain that the reason we’re in this predicament is that we did not train disciples when we had the resources to do it…rather, we invested those resources in building a bigger audience. We thought that the percentage of givers to non-givers would remain steady, but what we’re finding is that the “social givers” (as opposed to “cheerful givers”) are dropping like flies as they panic. They were among us, but they were not truely with us.
And so, I feel compelled to confess this corporate failing to the Lord, which I have already done personally. Will you join me?