“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.”3
Yes, there are zombies in our churches. Not only that, but this seems to be a growing trend. The doors are open, the people show up faithfully, the songs are sung. But that’s it. So many American churches today are filled with people whose spiritual lives consist of little more than showing up to church on Sunday morning and, for the superspiritual, maybe once in the middle of the week. We have become experts at going through the motions, but these motions are all we go through. I can’t help but wonder if God didn’t have something more in mind for His church. It seems that something is missing.
The church is the bride of Christ, the fellowship of God’s children. It is not an archaic or optional assembly. In other words, it is not something to give up on, no matter how much it resembles the living dead. Doctors do not just give up on sick patients because they are unhealthy; good doctors search for the problem, the root cause, and try to cure it. God is gracious and is willing to breathe life back into stagnant structures if we will truly seek His presence. This book isn’t an epitaph but an elixir. The condition that besets the church is certainly life threatening, but the church...
Food is also necessary for human life—both physical and spiritual. You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat!” Life or death is a result of what we feed on. Living Christians feed on the life that Jesus offers while zombies feed on rules and rituals. If you are feeding on Jesus, then naturally you are becoming more like Him. If you are feeding on traditions or laws or denominational differences, then what you are eating doesn’t sustain life.