Eliminate Church

Oh the joys of predictive text! Someone recently created a Facebook advert for an event taking place in our church, and I assume it was their device which didn’t recognise the word ‘Elim’ (the name of our church) and instead typed ‘Eliminate.’ In the plethora of church names one hears of, I have yet to come across an Eliminate Church – I’m not sure I would want to go to one; I might be afraid of running into some cousins of the Daleks shouting “Eliminate! Eliminate!”

Still, it got me thinking. There are a few things I would like to see eliminated in church. Could we perhaps:

Eliminate gossip?

Eliminate judgementalism?

Eliminate apathy?

Eliminate the masks we wear?

Eliminate prejudice?

To sum up: Eliminate sin?

That sounds unrealistic, and yet John in the Bible writes: “I write this to you so that you will not sin.” (1 Jn. 2:1) He knows that we do sin and tells us what to do about it (hallelujah!) but he does have the expectation that Christians, having had their sins forgiven, will do all they can to eliminate it in future: “No-one who lives in him keeps on sinning.” (1 Jn. 3:6)

So today’s challenge is : with the help, empowerment and constant forgiveness of the Holy Spirit, what must I eliminate from my life?

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Eliminate Church

  1. Lizzie says:

    Great title! LOL! I would say it’s impossible to eliminate the masks, many masks I wear. I wear them for any occasion sometimes not deliberately. You’ve seen my mask slip and kept loving me, as does God. My only problem is I really am not sure who the real me is, so these masks are put on without any logical reason. Maybe my life is a bit like The Stranger by Billy Joel. Tbh the only way I get my feelings out are by writing or lyrics, that seem to explain me more than me trying to be someone else either for church or for friends/family. But like I said to you yesterday my amplified bible and bible study with a friend of mine that you met at The Lakes when you came to see me, I’m trying to better myself with Gods help. I would like to eliminate all those wrong things the sinning. I’m also very judgemental but at least I can say that. Over opinionated, maybe? Apathy definitely needs to go from us all, we all need to be passionate, I hope to be true to myself one day and forever. Seriously, right now, I’m watching Hitchcock and he is eating something so loudly and you know how that makes me feel. Funny how I talk about trying to improve myself horrid noises that make me feel so disgusting inside comes as if to steal victory away from me. Must stop writing now and calm down!! Feel free to delete if I’ve just spoiled your lovely post. Xxx

  2. Alison says:

    Thanks Lizzie what a great reply. It’s a good point about the masks: but I think you are better than you admit at letting people see the real you. I have certainly very often appreciated your honesty. How right you are to recognise that God loves you even when the mask slips a bit and thank you for seeing that I do too. When we do recognise that love, it can give us courage to let the masks slip a bit more often.

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