How to Kill a Church: Do Nothing!

When people are not active, they die. But not only do people spiritually die as individuals, the whole community dies. Jesus’ commission to His disciples is “Go,” “make” and “baptize.” All of these are action words. Jesus is a God of action. He calls us to be a people of action. And, He does this for our good!

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Dear Downers Church Family: 

Smoking: America’s killer. This is what has been portrayed by Truth.com. But if you are old enough to remember cigarette commercials, you remember your favorite actor/actress glorifying a life of smoking.   

Kool cigarettes pushed how “cool” the mixture of their true leaves and menthol would be on your throat. Kent cigarette commercials advertised their micronite filters that gave the mildest flavor of cigarettes. But Camel seemed to make the boldest claims saying, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.”   

We don’t see those cigarette advertisements anymore. Smoking cigarettes has been vilified in the last decade or so, and rightfully so. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) claims that smoking kills nearly 500,000 people annually. But there is another “killer” lurking around the corner that seems to be claiming as many lives. That killer is inactivity!

More and more studies are coming out with the results of inactivity. Most of the CDC’s data concerning inactivity is for the 50+ crowd but more statistics are coming out on younger people. Over 43 percent of Americans are failing to meet the government guidelines of physical activity.

What is considered “physically inactive?” For adults: 150 minutes of walking or moderate activity per week. For teenagers: 1 hour of moderate to vigorous activity per day. Teenagers seem to fare considerably worse than adults. According to Men’s Journal, “Over 80 percent of the up-and-coming generation moves about as much as a snail.” We Americans are leading the way with inactivity. What about the rest of the world? Over 31percent of adults in other countries are moving too little to stay healthy. That's 1.5 billion people!

So, why is inactivity such a killer? It's because inactivity has been one of the major contributors to heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and even breast and colon cancers. It is estimated that sedentary lifestyles have contributed to an annual 5.3 million people death count worldwide.

Researchers are proposing several ways to keep people healthy: more parks, bike lanes, less electronics time and even paying people to exercise. But ultimately, it comes to personal responsibility. If you want to live, you need to move.

I believe that the same principle works in our spiritual lives and church families. When people are not active, they die. But not only do people spiritually die as individuals, the whole community dies. Jesus’ commission to His disciples is “Go,” “make” and “baptize.” All of these are action words. Jesus is a God of action. He calls us to be a people of action. And, He does this for our good!

Pastor Kent

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