Do you remember Dolly the sheep? It was a cloned sheep born in 1996 and made world-wide headlines. The possibility of human cloning suddenly seemed inevitable. Many ethical questions were raised about going further with cloning science. For some Christians it raised the question “would a clone have a soul?” If humans were cloned should we try to reach them with the gospel message to be on the safe side? Should the Church embrace the idea of cloning humans or is that too much like playing God? One thing was for certain, we did not know if we could accept a truly different human.
Many things have changed in the world since 1996. We now accept terrorism as a reality. Things most Christians once taught against, such as sexual immorality, is now just widely accepted by most local church congregations. In fact in many cases the world just gives such things as homosexuality a new definition and call it normal.
At work we just had training on cyber security and active shooter training. In a nut shell if you are in an active shooter situation your choices are run, hide, or fight. It is strongly encouraged if you have to fight to show zero mercy for the shooter. Literally do not stop fighting until the shooter is “neutralized”. In other words in some situations we are told to treat another human as if they were not human. Make your own opinion about that statement, you won’t convince me differently about how to react.
All these headline grabbing events are just symptoms of a deeper issue. Do Christians really believe in one true God? Is the Bible the literal word of God? Can we truly learn how to live as Christ? I would like to say yes to all these things. However, it has been my experience over the last 30 years to see different truths lived out in the church. Local church leaders often are more concerned with their own status than making disciples. The directors of many churches in America are convinced that they are right and nobody else has a clue. There is little or no cohesive thought from our leaders. The division among denominations prevent local churches from work toward a common goal.
I am not sure of what the local church will look like in 30 years from now. there is an overwhelming need for the local churches to get out of the box they put themselves in. We need to be able to offer those who work on Sundays the chance to experience church. We need to give our youth the chance to learn about God at a level they can process. We need to shut down outdated religious ideology and face the demands of reality! Part of that reality is our children, and theirs as well, do not know the true God! Religion will not reach them. Policy will not change people. Laws will not stop immorality. There is only one true hope, that is Jesus Christ.
Rev. Burt Schwab