"Please Stop" is going to be a periodic series of posts in which I talk about things that I wish would stop. I'll get back to my series about second blessing theology later. My family and I are on vacation.
"Please Stop" could apply to a lot of different areas, but I'm mainly going to deal with cultural, ecclesiological, theological, and spiritual issues. The beauty of "Please Stop" is that I can write about whatever it is that I want, as much or as little. I won't come back unless something has motivated me to do that.
Obviously, I could say, "Christian" boys wearing skinny jeans, please stop, and maybe I will, but that's not primarily where I'm heading with this series. Once some of you start to read, you might be saying, "Please stop 'Please Stop.'"
Churches that put superficial, very shallow lyrics to either carnival music or Texas honky tonk, Please Stop. I spent 45 minutes deciding where we would stop for church on the road. What makes it tough? You want a scriptural sermon, actual Bible preaching. There is more than a 50% chance that you won't get that an independent Baptist church today. The doctrine and practice of the church is important to me. So we did all we could do to stop for worship on a Sunday night. The pastor is sick. He couldn't preach so he invited a friend to entertain his congregation. I could describe to you what I saw, but it was the epitome of disrespect to God. It centered right on men, what would please them. The body language is all about "look at me." Please Stop.
The word "celebrate" with church. Please Stop. I drive by a church with a banner for Easter. It says to the world "celebrate the resurrection with us." I saw this for a reformed Baptist church. Who in the community, that isn't already going to church, is actually going to celebrate the resurrection? Is this something you do on the spur of the moment? And what is "celebrating"? Where is "celebrate" in the Bible. We celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries, but this word "celebrate" makes church sound like a party. A party is what people in the world want church to be. Everyone wants a party. But celebrate? Please Stop.
One more. Ironic t-shirts. I dream of a world without the t-shirts with the ironic statements. Let's get serious before we get ironic. The epitome of cleverness purchased by someone who isn't clever. Don't make baklava your first course when you can't boil a potato. Please Stop.