Pastor Michael Anthony Says American Christians ‘Have Grown Fat, Lazy, Stubborn, and Bored; We Need an Army of Luthers Today’

Trinity Episcopal Church in Pocatello, Idaho, USA

by Michael Anthony

America has become the Catholic Church of five hundred years ago. Our culture has become arrogant and is characterized by shallowness, division and complacency. We talk at each other and seem wholly incapable of genuinely listening. We’ve seen the hope and change that our leaders promise, but their failure to follow through sickens us. The name-calling, pettiness, finger-pointing and hypocritical double standards are out of control.

As such, America is in need of its own Martin Luther, an individual who is humble yet courageous enough to stand up and speak out against the status quo. America is ripe for the kind of transformation that can only come when there is genuine courage marked by true humility.

Humility is underrated these days. We mistake it for cowardice, but it is, in truth, the unsung hero throughout all of history. In one of the world’s greatest displays of humble courage, Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenberg door – not because he wanted division, but because he grew tired of the arrogance.

Standing up and speaking out is a daunting task in a culture where being told to “sit down and shut up” is the norm. But someone has to do it, or the whole lot of us will continue to suffer.

For the faithful in America, true humility begins with God. Yet the church has largely become like a group of hikers who’ve lost their moral compass, insisting we can find our own way without God, without humility. We’ve allowed ourselves to settle for “a form of godliness without its power” (2 Timothy 3:5-7). We’ve grown fat, lazy, stubborn and bored. Worse yet, we seem alright with it.

America needs a reformer like Luther. In fact, America needs an army of Luthers: men and women who are adept at encouraging deep thinking and discussion where shallowness and arguing are the new cultural norm.

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SOURCE: Christian Post

Michael Anthony is the author of the forthcoming book, A Call For Courage by Thomas Nelson Publishers (www.CourageMatters.com). He is the founder of The National Week of Repentance (www.WeekOfRepentance.com) and www.Godfactor.comand is the lead pastor of Grace Fellowship in York, Pa (www.GraceYork.com). The opinions expressed in this article are his own.