Stop Mass-Debating

I have been thinking about the word “engage” from my previous post.  It got me thinking about what I was “engaging” in the decade I was attending the institutional church.  After thinking it over… all I was doing was engaging myself.  For most of the years I was a mental masturbator.  I found myself engaging in useless, yet intellectually stimulating conversation, usually as an excuse to avoid taking constructive action in my life.

I was basically attending the First Church of Mental Masturbation.  I was there to pleasure myself, to gain more and more knowledge as an individual.  I was there to debate doctrine, and to be a master of it.  I feel the “church” has become a place for people to have their “needs met”.  They are there to stimulate themselves by enjoying what the pastor has to say and/or how the program is ran having a “what can they do for me” attitude.

Mental masturbation gives no pleasure to anyone else.  However, I believe we exist to give blessings to others “outside” the walls of the church building.  We are to help the sick, the poor, and the marginalized.

How could I get out and help others if I am too busy inside mass-debating a bunch of doctrines that I will never have the correct answer to.  Well, this was one of the reasons I left the institution of “church”, I was tired of pleasuring myself.

I realized that excessive mental masturbation was starting  to feel like demon possession (it sure was fun to do, but not helping anyone).  As long as I was gaining knowledge by myself and staying busy mentally, I would not be able to help grow the Kingdom, exactly what evil would want me to do.

Mental masturbation wastes resources.  It takes two to reproduce, and if you just keep wasting time by yourself your resources will not be put to good use.

Let’s move to action together to help one another and stop pleasuring ourselves.

9 thoughts on “Stop Mass-Debating

  1. Did you just read 1 Corinthians 1?

    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  2. I read the post a few days ago.. and Today was discussing Verse 13… I went to read it in context, and was like… Huh… Really.

    Thought you would find it interesting as did I.

  3. I read this and it’s a breath of fresh air. I’m realizing that I’ve done the same thing for a long time. It’s tough to change. Pray for me.

  4. Great post. Very graphic, but thought-provoking and right on target. Thanks for pointing me to this post from my blog! Somehow I missed it when it came through my Google Reader

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