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Put God back in your churches, not your TV's


 On Sunday, January 12 (1997), Pastor Sherrie Drake of Gethsemane U.M. Church in Muncie, Indiana spoke of allowing the Holy Spirit to cleanse and empower us. This challenge to live a Spirit-filled life of active Christianity came just days after I had heard a television preacher's answer to our world's problems. As worship leader, I shared this story in our 11:00 service, and later offered it in print form for all to ponder.


I was "channel surfing," at home when I ran across a famous television preacher commenting on the state of our world: how terrible, the way God is no longer present in our homes, schools, and public squares. Oh, the moral decline of our country. We need to have God back in public life the way He was when our country was founded. . .

That's why we want to make sure you have the opportunity to renew your membership in our ministry. Your support is vital to saving our nation. . .

I was outraged. You see, I think I know a far better way to solve our problems. Why is it that certain TV preachers often skip over the idea of getting up from your television and investing your time and money in your local community, local church, and in spending time in Bible study and prayer? The "answer" lies in the Spirit of God working actively in the hearts and lives of Christians who seek Him.

Put God back in your churches, first! If we involve God in our churches, homes, and individual lives, if we allow His Spirit to work within us, no one will be able to keep God out of our schools, squares, and cities! When His people return to a life where worship is a way of life and Jesus is friend and counselor every day, the world won't be able to ignore us.

"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. (emphasis added) And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:46-47, NIV.

May we all continue to seek God's will for our lives each day, looking for ways in which we can represent Christ in all our daily activities.


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Copyright 1997 Jeremy C. Fretts.

-An architecture student at Ball State University, Jeremy Fretts serves as a member of the steering committee of the Student Forum of the United Methodist Church, a member of the Northern Indiana Committee on the Episcopacy , and is Worship Leader at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Muncie, Indiana..

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