“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
When Jesus called his generation an unbelieving and perverse generation, He wasn’t being very politically correct. In fact He was being direct and honest. His followers/disciples were not too aware of what His mission was, and how it was going to be fulfilled. They were so enamored over His power to control the demons of his day that they never focused on His mission of the cross. That mission was totally off their charts. In fact it never was in their understanding until much later following His resurrection when they started to get the idea of why He came. I don’t think it is much different today. Are we a believing generation who follows Him? If you were going to assess what you know about the Church what would you say? Have we perverted what it means to follow Him? Is His Kingdom the most important motivation in our lives? Do we think about miracles and how they can be possible in everyday life? Do we think about how to discern our times and find hope in knowing that God has it all under control? I wonder what criteria Jesus would use to call our generation perverse? He saw His own disciples having a one-track mind, and it wasn’t a mind whose best interest was focused upon Him.
The 21st Century Christian perversion:
Leaders lead in terms of strength instead of weakness. Yet it seems to me that God says when you are weak, then you are strong. But nowhere do we have seminars on weakness. No one wants to be known by their weakness, yet it is in this weakness that God is best seen. So most of the time our leadership is dependant upon some kind of success in order to be popular and successful. We have to have a model of a mega-church in order to gain any attention worthy to minister to the masses. This could be a perversion of what it means to deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Him.
The attitude of repentance is often relegated to people who for the first time have come to Christ. Yet I have found that most seasoned Christians are some of the most needy people when it comes to repentance. People who have been around the church culture have forgotten that repentance isn’t just for the first timer at an altar. If you have had relationships in the church, the chances of you needing to ask for forgiveness is great, and what is even greater is the need for repentance. The most hardened, least self-aware people on the planet, are long-term Christians who have been around the block spiritually. They act like old people who have been married a long time - they know they are married, but they don’t act like a couple. I have found that repentance has significant relevance for people who have been saved for 25 years or more, because they have become indifferent and unconscious of their behavior that may not be pleasing to God. I am not exaggerating when I say this, but some of the rudest, uncaring people I have ever met in my life, have been Christians. They have been mean and completely unaware that their behavior is not Christ-like, and they don’t care who they hurt as long as they get their own way. Surprising isn’t it when Christians act like this that they forget who they represent.
Perverse generations are also those people who follow Christ because they fell in love with something about Him that makes Him and His ways attractive to them. Perhaps it’s the fire insurance against hell that is provided with belief that makes them want to be a Christian. However, many of the types of people I alluded to in this blog are people who are probably believers, but they are not believers who have been disciplined in His Word, nor do they understand their purpose of how to live in Christ. There are Christian leaders who specialize in specific areas of ministry and are quite prolific in these areas, but they do not have much understanding on how to live out other areas of the gospel. There are people who have discernment ministries who can tell you the next Biblical event that will take place, yet will not love their neighbor. We have worship leaders who can lead a congregation in worshipping the Lord, but fail to live out a moral lifestyle.
We have pastors who can peach and lead a congregation with methods like a CEO, yet do not know the Lord. My point is simple: you can have a position in the church, you can be known by many as a Christian leader, you can have a long-standing reputation as a Christian, and yet never be disciplined as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
It was the behavior of those who followed Jesus in His day that provoked Him to call them unbelieving and perverse generation. It is our behavior today that would invoke Him to say the say thing. It doesn’t matter what you know, or what you have experienced as a follower of Christ, if you don’t understand that being a Christian isn’t about you, your accomplishments, your aspirations, or your pedigree. It is about your sacrifice for Him and if that is not happening then you are an unbelieving and perverse generation.
Sorry to be so blunt, but it is time that we call Christianity what it has become: “Ichabod, the Lord has departed.” He has departed because we have not come to the altar of belief where we leave ourselves and pick up the new self in Christ.
This is a hard word to digest and many may not receive it, but the greatest stumbling block to revival in the Church is our unwillingness to become self aware and practice the art of repentance.
Spend some time thinking about what was said here and ask God to help you digest for yourself.
Keeping it honest and truthful...K