May 1, 2007

Fired Up!

What gets you fired up? You know...your pulse races...your palms begin to sweat...your speak faster and your voice gets speak with passion. Usually when this happens, I begin to speak more forcefully. I find it hard to believe that those around me could possibly disagree.

The other day I took my mother-in-law to a doctor's appointment. When I dropped her off at her apartment, we ended up talking for about an hour and a half. As we talked I found myself getting more and more fired up.

We were talking about the church actually being the church.

I get tired of hearing about churches that focus solely on themselves. They have a Field of Dreams mentality; "If you build it they will come." The build better Sunday school classes, VBS programs, and better worship services, but still the unchurched remain unchurched. They fail to get involved in the community. They fail to actually love their neighbors. They fail to do anything about the needs of the people around them.

Is every church doing this? No. But there are thousands of churches that say they want to reach the lost and then spend their money on stuff that doesn't really do anything. They say they want to reach the lost, and then ignore the needs of those around them. The pastor says he or she wants to reach the lost but their passion lays in some obscure theological idea rather than a passion to reach lost people.

We need to be serious about Jesus and about serving hurting and broken people. We should not condone an abusive or harassing form of evangelism. I believe that the if the church did one simple thing it would revolutionize everything. What is that one thing? Love lost people.

So, what gets you fired up?


  1. Amen, Eric. Amen.

    I think what fires me up the most is talking about education and worship in the church. I have really specific views on both, so I tend to get a little overexcited when the topic comes up and I get to sound off.

  2. I think having a deeper knowledge or understanding of a subject gives us that passion for it. Especially if we have specific views on it.

    I find it humorous how some people get passionate over things that others wouldn't even consider. Do you remember the "controversy" over whether Pluto should be a planet or not?

    I think religion and politics seem to draw the most passion from people because they have those views.