No more talking heads

Here’s where I am these days.  I feel like a talking head.  I write this blog a couple of times a week, I’ve written a book, and I’m writing another one.  I’m just one of how many writing blogs?  How many writing books?  The world is full of words, full of people with ideas, full of talking heads.

Consider this quote from my book, The Church Must Die:

God is not impressed or pleased with our services, programs, songs, buildings, ministries, and industry. He is not moved by the words of our mouths. What He wants from His people is for justice and righteousness to be shown throughout the earth. He wants us to stand up for the poor and oppressed. He wants us to live lives of righteousness and truth.  All the worship services and youth camps in the world cannot replace what God demands from His people.

So what God wants is not another talking head, but a people sold out to justice and mercy, and those who walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8)  We are part of a church that has lost its power to shake lives, to shake cities, to shake nations.  We are part of a church that is more industry than ministry, more program than power.

And I refuse to be part of the problem.

If these words challenge you to live that life, a life that is more honest with yourself and with God, then great.  If they challenge you to think about (and live) justice and mercy, then they are worth it.  If this blog inspires you to think about how you can die more to yourself so God can live more powerfully through you, then I’m doing something worthwhile.

But if I’m just another talking head, then this is my last post.

  1. #1 by Angela on April 22, 2011 - 7:25 AM

    Dave- the Lord uses your words to encourage and remind us to return to the foundations of what MATTERS. You are not another “talking head” – you are an inspiration. – Ange

    • #2 by Dave Kirby on April 22, 2011 - 11:58 AM

      Thanks Angela. This post is really not about “fishing for compliments” or affirmation, as much as it is a process I think each of us needs to go through. “Am I part of the problem, or part of the solution?” should be a question we ask on a regular basis.

      I appreciate hearing that God is using this blog in your life, though. God bless!

  2. #3 by Rick McConnell on April 22, 2011 - 12:05 PM

    Hi Dave- Hey- no quitting. Your posts are the best.

  3. #4 by Jim on April 22, 2011 - 1:00 PM

    None of the prophets was welcome or recognized yet they kept on speaking, warning, urging and extolling. Talking heads is a musical group.

    • #5 by Dave Kirby on April 22, 2011 - 3:55 PM

      Thanks for the comments guys. I love you!

  4. #6 by Paul on April 23, 2011 - 9:24 PM

    sometimes I think you’re the shock jock – the Howard Stern – of Chrisianity. and I wonder if that promotes God’s Glory. I do know that many of your provacative anti-Christianity titles on Twitter are messages I hope my un-saved friends do not see. You whine about the church a lot, but I don’t see you focusing on God and God’s glory. Are you really promoting God? I’m not so sure.

    • #7 by Dave Kirby on April 23, 2011 - 10:07 PM

      If I were attempting to be the Howard Stern of Christianity, it would not have taken me as long as it did today to hit the “publish” button on that post. You have no idea the struggle I go through. I want to fit in, I don’t want to stand out. I spend hours in prayer and in the word every day, desperately seeking God. Those who know me best know that serving my own interests couldn’t be further from my mind.

      But I say what I think needs to be said. I think much of what we practice as Christianity does not promote God’s glory, but our own selfish ends. I long for the day when the true church will rise and proclaim God’s glory by acting like Christ: showing mercy to the sinners instead of judgment, showing love for the poor and justice to the oppressed.

      Thanks for challenging me. It makes me think, makes me pray, makes me even more desperate to hear His voice.

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