I recently saw an article by JD Walt in my feed whose title made me think. The idea of least common denominator discipleship is intriguing.
I have generally felt that discipleship has gone by the wayside in today’s church. Most people believe that the whole gospel is about saving people from hell and once that is done, eat, drink, and be merry.
In many churches, there is a two-tier system. The top tier is just for overachievers. They are looked at askance as people who are wasting their lives on over-devotion to God. Why do all that extra “work” when none is required? The mass of people are content to embrace somewhat regular church attendance and cessation of really bad sins as enough.
Most churches that I have been part of really don’t fight that trend much. To the cynical it may seem as if it is important to keep the system in place so people don’t leave for greener pastures and take their charitable donations with them.
Essentially, we have dumbed down discipleship to the lowest common denominator. The fast learners, as in many public schools, are encouraged to slow down to the congregational norm.
It’s a shame. Really.
Rest is found in the taking on of Jesus’ yoke. I hate for so many to miss that joy.