The Church Is Physically Alive but Spiritually DeadI recently referred to a true story. A young girl, devastated by the choice her father made to leave her family for a younger woman, had a nightmare following his announcement. She dreamt that she, her mother and sister all died in a horrific car accident. When she told her dad about the dream, he sympathetically replied, “I’m really sorry to hear that. I’m glad it was only a dream.” Her response was shattering, “Dad, right before we hit, through the window I saw that you were driving the other car.” Fortunately, this man broke. He repented and worked to restore his marriage. Some of you reading this—men and women—wake up. Is this what you are doing to your family? And others reading this, might ask this as well. Perhaps its not an affair but selfish pride that makes you difficult to live with. Sadly, it is this very thing, pride and spiritual blindness, that prevent us from seeing. We are alive but spiritually dead. Some time ago, we received the following email, “I’m leaving my husband and our two small children. I know what the Bible says, but God knows my heart. He just wants me to be happy.” Another woman who was separated recently complained about her marriage but said that she was “seeking God’s will” as she headed to Vegas with her boyfriend. We want to shout, “Wake up!” Sin blinds us from the truth and we blame everyone and everything, instead of looking within. Are many of us playing games with God? This is often why “Christians” bare little resemblance to Christians defined by Scripture. The cares of the world choke spiritual life out of us, as described by Jesus in the parable of the seed and the soil. They are the walking dead … dead to the things of God. In light of this, consider the following: America is the No. 1 distributor of the gospel. And the No. 1 distributor of pornography. The largest group of viewers are said to be kids between the ages of 12 and 17. Parents, “Wake up.” This is happening under our watch. MORE