4 Perils of a Competitive Church

ChurchLeaders | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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On August 2, 2012 an app swarmed the market with unparalleled reception.

Boasting in its ability to make you a stronger strategist and the chief in charge, millions were sold on this free game. And seven years later many of us are still collecting elixir, building barracks, training barbarians, and clashing with other clans for the sake of building ours up. As of today, Clash of Clans is the highest-revenue generating app in the App Store, reporting over 600 million downloads and earning nearly $6 billion.

Strategy - Video - Game - Offerings - Truth

This mobile strategy video game is just one of the countless offerings that exposes a truth hard-wired deep into each and every one of us—we crave to build a kingdom.

Our cravings are meant to point us toward the truest things of life, but sin is conceived when cravings are distorted and sought to be satisfied with improper means and motivations. This is why Augustine referred to sin as “disordered love.” And the most common way we see our kingdom-building cravings lose their order is by each of us choosing to build our own personal kingdoms rather than uniting to build under a common King.

Way - Living - Adages - Heart - Truth

This way of living is proven and perpetuated with empty adages such as “you do you,” “follow your heart,” “live your truth,” and many other lines that fill the latest top-selling self-help book.

We place ourselves on a false throne and waste our lives attempting to build around it. And when your life is focused on building your own kingdom, every other kingdom is viewed as an obstacle or fuel for yours. Your neighbor is transformed from companion to competitor.

Church - People - Game - Thrones - Tower

Since the local church is comprised of people like you and me, it is prone to suffer from the same game of thrones. Like the Tower of Babel, we may be working toward Heaven, but...
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