I see way too many conversations that go like this:
Hungry: Why don't we hear more about Jesus?
Pastor: Don't be so judgmental!
Hungry: Why don't we hear about sin?
Pastor: You're a Pharisee!
Hungry: Why don't we hear the gospel?
Pastor: You're so religious!
Hungry: I am not being discipled.
Pastor: Feed yourself!
What's even more galling is that the same gang whose bread and butter is criticizing and ridiculing the "traditional church" (whatever that is, even if it still exists) or the "irrelevant" church cannot stand for one minute those within the ranks of evangelicalism suggesting the attractional emperor is naked. We are being too cynical, too judgmental, too legalistic, too critical. We stand in the way of progress.
Luther wasn't exactly beloved either. He didn't play nice. He didn't put a smile on and abide the gospel-less church. He loved God and his neighbors too much.
And that's the key. I hate the therapeutic gospel and the vapid consumeristic folk religion passing as Christianity in America because I love God and the Church. It's because I believe the Church is God's plan for the spread of the knowledge of his glory and the spread of the kingdom on earth that I believe we can't let irresponsibility slide. It's because I'm passionate about the Church that I'm passionate about calling her works-preaching cheerleaders to repentance.
Wake up! This isn't about ministries and programs and popularity. It's life or death, light and darkness. We are living in eternity!
The New Testament says Christ's death and resurrection is of first importance. Meanwhile some dude is sitting on a bed telling couples to have sex every day, some dude is telling people if they're sick or poor they're not experiencing God's favor, some dude is saying you should give to the poor to feel better about yourself, some dude is preaching to your self-esteem, some dude is preaching about how to love your job, some dude is preaching moralistic lessons found in movies or in your iTunes playlist, and all of it is nothing more than giving stones to people starving for bread.
That's why I seem mean sometimes. Because I hate starvation.
Heck, if you think I'm too confrontational (as one person said about me once -- not to me, by the way, as that would be too confrontational, I guess :-), but to a mutual friend) you should actually read some of the stuff Paul says. I'm not telling anyone to cut their ding-dong off.
Maybe I should. But I think a castrated pastorate is actually the problem.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel -- which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
-- Galatians 1:6-9