You may have heard about a new thrill that seems to be sweeping through your kid’s school. It’s called the Charlie Charlie Challenge. There are videos popping up everywhere and it is trending on the social media sites.
This is what I have to say:
Biblically, we can start thumping our Bible’s at people about he evils of necromancy, demonology and sin. But let’s just admit for a minute that this phenomenon is far more enticing that what we have become as a church.
We, as the church, are a group of people who have recognized the call of Jesus out of a world of death by the very one that defied death. Darkness covered the land, a veil was torn giving access to previously inaccessibility to the creator of the world, a stone that would have taken 20 or more men to move was removed from the front of a tomb and the history of all history makers, a man defied and overcame death (and according to Matthew, there were others that arose with him).
Now, that is a pretty compelling narrative stamped on the pages of history. But is that where your “story” or belief ends?
Because that is NOT where the revelation of Jesus Christ ends.
Jesus has promised power from on high. Jesus has promised that we would do things greater than He had done. Jesus has promised the very Spirit that raised Him from the dead would be a gift that came to seal and empower us, His church.
When kids (and adults for that matter) are compelled by a “parlor trick” exalting the idea of demonic influence we should be outraged!
Outraged that we have allowed what we claim as truth to become so mundane. So uncompelling. So mundane. So…lifeless.
Matthew 28:20 (ESV)
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Luke 24:49 (ESV)
49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Ephesians 3:20–21 (ESV)
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I have to admit, parlor tricks are pretty cool. They are entertaining.
I also have to admit that I’m pretty skeptical of a sensationalistic Christianity.
However, seeing a meth addict that is given new life and having relationships restored within his family and community is far more compelling than some parlor trick.
Witnessing the transformations that are taking place within people who are in the church I serve with is far more compelling power than a couple of pencils that move after making a chant.
Have we taught our children to see THAT power? Have we guarded our children in OUR PRIDE from seeing God transform us?
Perhaps the medicine needed in the world today is to be administered from us to the world, but taken by us as the Bride of Christ, His church.
Have we become this while pointing our fingers at everyone else?
2 Timothy 3:2–5 (ESV)
2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
Is this who WE have become?