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What are the "issues" we don't talk about?

What are some of the things we avoid in the church?

I would say one of the top things is pride. I guess we get the "pride comes before the fall" speech in Sunday School and then the topic is completely avoided after that.

Pride, in my opinion, has a lot to do with the reasons that people don't come out about their struggles and addictions. They don't want to admit failure or even the slightest bit of unfaithfulness, so they hide.

What are some more silent topics in our church today?

I agree with you and I think it is a huge issue that needs to be addressed.
by Brent, 1 year, 7 months ago
Another issue that we need to address is the judgment within the church and outside the church.
by Brent, 1 year, 7 months ago
Could it be that some people are too proud to admit that they are struggling with pride?

Oh yeah, I went there.
by Tyler, 1 year, 7 months ago
Brent--what did you mean by the judgment within and outside of the church? I mean we do need to use good judgment, but are you referring to judgmental attitudes of thinking one sin is worse than another? We also do need to hold others accountable. . .so please clarify. :)
by PG, 1 year, 7 months ago
PG - I think Brent is referring to judgmental attitudes. The way I see it, we don't feel safe in the church to reveal our deepest struggles because we're afraid of being judged. I have a friend who is a very strong believer but refuses to open up at church because he doesn't trust Christians. He's seen too many people gossip about others' struggles and he doesn't want his dirty laundry spread all over town.

I think the church needs to be accepting and loving of everyone, whether you struggle with porn, homosexuality, drugs, pride, greed, whatever. We're all messed up and in need of grace.

by brysonmoore, 1 year, 7 months ago
Im 15 and half of my church is my family. The problem is, someone will come to our church that doesn't have a good rep, and will be judged right away. there have been cases where peole have walked out of our church. I believe in god but i also believe that only god can judge people. Only.
by Tanisha, 1 year, 7 months ago
Tanisha - you are so correct and we (Christians) have forgotten that God is the judge. Our responsibility is to show love.

by Brent, 1 year, 7 months ago
Hey! Maybe we start a new campaign! "Show love, not skin!"

Eh?
by Tyler, 1 year, 7 months ago
I like it Tyler!
by brysonmoore, 1 year, 7 months ago
Something I struggle with that the church does not talk is that the "American Dream" may not be biblical.

As I read scripture and understand the life of Jesus no where does it state that I will have an easy life. Many ministries in the America are built upon this thought what we will have a care free life and have all the money we need.

What are your thoughts?
by Brent, 1 year, 6 months ago
I think we have "Americanized" the Bible. I am all for having the best life possible but not with trampling on others and hoarding and not sharing with others. The Old Testament talks about material wealth for Israel, but the New Testament talks about spiritual wealth for Christians. Again, I like material wealth in the right perspective but it is not promised to Christians automatically. I don't think Paul in prison was wealthy. Many "strong" Christians in America and overseas are not wealthy. That is not God's measuring stick. Great if you have it (maybe) but not a indicator of spirituality.
by Rick, 1 year, 6 months ago

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