Ran across this photo on Facebook and it really caught my attention. First off, it is cute and so colorful. I dig the clowns purple jacket. It’s also kinda scary. Ever since I read the book “It” by Steven King, I sometimes get a little freaked out by clowns. Pennywise, the sinister clown, infiltrated my psyche through those pages I read years ago. Which only proves that you really do need to watch what you let into your mind, as it can stay a long time.
After looking at the initial design and reading the text, I had to stop and think for a minute. Charles Spurgeon aka “The Prince of Preachers” what was he getting at? Are we the church in this time that he referred to? Do people really just want to get entertained by the pastor? Be thrilled by his preaching ability and way with words, even if the words are empty as if something is not being addressed? Or do we want to be fed, even if we have to choke a bit on what we’re eating?
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12.
Under trial... not easy to eat that, is it? Especially when it applies to you. Are we becoming a bunch of goats that are hard-headed and stubborn or are we mild-mannered, teachable and humble like sheep? Unfortunately, I think there’s a lot of clowns and goats filling our churches and auditoriums today. It’s apparent on TV daily and in our book stores. Part of the problem is that as people we have lost some of our toughness. We don’t know what it’s like to set sail for a new country as our forefathers did, risking life and limb to have a chance at a new life. How many of us have had to start a homestead from scratch and build our own homes or slaughter our own pigs for dinner? We’re all soft and filled with fluff wanting to rest in Zion, to live in ease without toil. Only thing is that’s not always the way God intends for your life to go. Yes, the gospel is one of victory and triumph, but we must never leave out that it is also about sacrifice, suffering and trials. Holding onto faith when you’ve reached your limits. Seeking God even in your sorrows. Let’s all stay vigilant that we always seek to hear and discern what is the full truth from Gods word or we’ll just be a bunch of clowns and goats playing church.