5 Reasons Why I Challenge The Status Quo of Modern Church & Christianity

You Are More Status Quo Than You Think

One of the purposes of The UnCommon Journey is to challenge the status quo of the modern church and contemporary Christianity. I do this not because I think I’m more “spiritual” than others. Nor because I want to be a maverick who moves against the tide of popular opinion. I simply want to share what God has taught me as I’ve journeyed with Him. On this journey, I’ve often been confronted by wisdom not my own. I may not have welcomed the challenge, but it usually turned out to be for my good. So, I bring that experience to The UnCommon Journey for your benefit.

Why The UnCommon Journey challenges the status quo

  • You are part of a church era that embraces superficiality. The modern church is an inch deep and a mile wide. It may make you feel good, offer you a place of service, provide you with some friendships, help you know your Bible better, and marry and bury you. But if you really want to know God and learn to struggle with the realities of life, you’ve got nothing (or little) to help.
  • You are part of a church that is divided, confused, incomplete. There are 41,000 denominations all claiming to be based on the Bible. Really? Messages are contradictory and confusing. The contemporary church can only take you so far. Your heart longs for something more because the modern brand of Christianity leaves you short.
  • You are convinced of your “rightness” that needs to be challenged. People in this environment cling to beliefs, doctrines, and teachings that they believe are true. When challenged they get defensive. They judge all others by their ideas and beliefs not realizing they are often uniformed or completely wrong.
  • You are led by people who talk a good talk but don’t walk the walk. They teach how Jesus can get you to heaven but are at a loss how to thrive in Jesus’ kingdom while on earth. They may teach you the Bible but excuse themselves for not really knowing how to live it. They may direct you to get busy doing something for God but be unable to show you how to be a humble servant. To them, being a Christian is more theory than reality.
  • You are trapped by a church that is distracted. Churches are preoccupied with politics, patriotism, social issues, programs, petty ideas, psychological solutions, liberal or conservative agendas, music and worship styles, and so many other concerns. Essential matters like knowing God, loving God and neighbor, becoming Christlike, living in union with the Trinity, becoming healed of sinful infirmities, and actually doing the teachings of Jesus, are forgotten or dismissed.

The status quo is superficial, confused, hypocritical, proud, preoccupied, and empty. It needs to be challenged.

You need to be challenged, too. You are more status quo than you realize. Has your need to fit in, defend your beliefs, look like a “good Christian,” and do the right thing become more important to you than the condition of your own soul or the condition of your relationship with God?

So, keep reading The UnCommon Journey. You may not like being challenged but it will do you good. Anyone can tell you what you want to hear. It’s much more beneficial to give attention to what you need to hear.

Share your thoughts below. 

Dr. K

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8 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why I Challenge The Status Quo of Modern Church & Christianity

  1. It sounds like you are frustrated with your search for a good church. I have been in church for 44 consecutive years. I have always been able to find a good church no matter where I lived, and I have lived in a number of places. It takes some effort to find a good church, just like it takes effort to find a good job, a good friend, a good restaurant, a good cup of coffee or an exceptional sunset. Life is filled with the average and the below average. Exceptional and good are rare in all walks of life and in all things. Rather than stay home from church in violation of the Word of God why not put some effort in, in compliance with the Word of God, and find a decent church (they are out there), join it and make it better. Any dead fish can float along with the stream current. Get some motivation and be someone for God. Your experience reflects the logic of a quitter; a failure. Be someone for God, not a mouth for the devil. It takes nothing to quit and complain. It takes energy and courage to succeed. Succeed!

    • Dear Joda,
      Thank you for your comments. If you go to my blog site, theuncommonjourney.com, you will read a little about me and my spiritual journey. You may also discover that I did not write this post motivated by frustration. I have been involved in church to some degree for over 60 years. What I’ve written about the modern church is accurate. You have thoroughly misunderstood my post and judged my motives incorrectly. I am not a quitter, complainer, mouth for the devil (your words are pretty strong here), or failure. Is this what your church has taught you to say to those who are critical of the modern church? I am not looking for a good church since “good” would be defined by me and my definition would certainly not be good enough. But, I thank you for reading this post. I hope you will read it again with a different mindset and see if you can understand what I was getting at. Dr. K.

      • Dr. K.
        Your experience with the House of God is very different from mine. The Church is God’s idea. I would think that a blanket criticism of it would not be from God. That is my point. I did think, from your post, that you quit church. I am glad I was wrong. Anyway, I wish you well.

        • Dear Joda, You are right. The church is God’s “idea.” But, I believe the Church is more than an idea. The Church is the manifestation of the Triune God on earth. Yet, the modern evangelical church has abandoned this reality and has made church something it wants it to be. It sounds like you’re saying that all churches who call themselves church are actually the church. That would be difficult to support since so many churches think they are the real church yet differ so much from other churches who think they are the true church. Thank you for engaging. Perhaps we both are better formed by our brief written exchanges. Please pray for me. Dr. K

  2. I agree with you. The Church today seeks to entertain and not teach. Our audio visual team was told that if we mess up the service, people will not come back. But we serve a mighty God that can use our mistakes to reach others.

    • Good to hear from you Sam! It is amazing what God can do with even the little and broken that we offer to Him. Of course, we are all little and broken and yet He choses to use us. In our weakness, His strength is made perfect. Our hearts are saddened when we envision from scripture and history what the church actually is and compare it to what we’ve made it in our day – often an attempt to make it relevant. Bless you as you continue to seek God on your journey even in the midst of a less-than-perfect church. Dr. K

  3. Just finished reading your post. YEAH! Finally! Put into words perfectly! Or should I say you are listening to God and he has blessed your words. Thank you!

    • Hi Patricia. Thanks for reading and engaging. I hope what you say is true. Sometimes I’m not so sure. Pray for me. Thanks be to God for all things! Keith (Dr K)

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