The great wedding feast is being prepared. The church needs to wake up. They are asleep to the spirit realm while the storm whirls around them. They are too busy pursuing the fashions of the world, and they cannot be bothered to put on the right clothes for the wedding feast. They slumber in their spiritual pajamas, while attending earthly glamour shows. They are destined straight for outer darkness.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Read Matthew 12. Jesus told a parable of a great wedding feast, prepared by YHWH, ruler of all the universe. The original invitees, the Jewish people, turned their back on YHWH and disdained the feast. They refused to come, even going so far as killing the messengers- the prophets of YHWH. Now look carefully at these verses:
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 13 Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
The American Church Is Not Prepared for the Wedding Feast
The wedding feast was originally for Israel, God’s chosen bride. Jesus extended the invitation to the wedding feast for the whole world, Jew and Gentile alike. The Gentiles are the people in the story on the street corner, the good and the bad, the late invitees.
These late invitees who hear the call are today’s Protestant churchgoers, clutching to their Jesus prayer and their tickets to heaven. They add the wedding feast to their busy calendar and do not prepare. They don’t even mind the simplest detail of preparing the right clothing.
Would you go to a wedding dressed in sweatpants? Would you go to a funeral dressed in a swimsuit?
Yet somehow, the church cannot find the smallest modicum of respect for the feast of YHWH.
The Church is Asleep
The church wants to sleep in, taking care of building their dream lives on earth. They build big church castles while dressing as spiritual paupers. They don’t study the Word and pray out to Jesus to sew their spiritual garments.
They try to attend the feast in their pajamas, the outfit of babies who have not outgrown spiritual milk.
This is the ultimate disrespect of the ages.
The scribes and the Pharisees had more righteousness than the modern church goer. For this grave sin, these pajama-clad, sleeping Christians will see the feast and then be thrown into the outer darkness.
No endless repeating of the Jesus prayer can ever substitute for the proper garments. Jesus came to give his life for his followers, and they cannot even give a day to him.
The Evangelicals Prepare Their Garments for Earthly Politics
Yet, the Christians do come out of their pajamas sometimes. It is election debate season, and I can’t help but notice how much the American Evangelical church prepares for this earthly feast.
They prepare for Senator Santorum’s arrival in town, carefully choosing garments for the political rally. They nod their heads in agreement as Santorum talks about saving all the unborn disabled children. “Just look at my daughter and how precious she is, despite her disabilities,” he says. “What if we had aborted her?”
Yet in his next breath, Santorum cries out to eliminate Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. The Christians cheer. They show no concern for the disabled children of the poor who die unable to access even simple pain medications. Santorum never mentions these precious little ones in his speeches. Yet his daughter gets every new, experimental, and expensive treatment that comes along, all paid for by the taxpayers. What hypocrisy! Mr. Santorum is not prepared for the wedding feast. He had not taken up the cross for Jesus.
Jesus came to show the path of true holiness, the path of the cross, but the Evangelicals would rather attend the political pulpit than the wedding feast.
The Evangelicals do prepare their nice clothes for the Gingrich rally, calling him a “man of God.” In their drunken stupor for power, they overlook his multiple marriages and affairs, saying that has nothing to do with righteousness. “Tax breaks for the wealthy and the responsible godly job creators,” they cry as they fawn over their candidate. “Down with the poor. He who does not work shall not eat.” What hypocrisy! Did Jesus only break the loaves and the fish for the rich? No, Jesus invites the poor and rich alike to the wedding feast.
Too many American Christians run around in their spiritual pajamas and stomp on all that is holy. They are too lazy to follow the teachings of Jesus and holy justice.
They blaspheme by turning the Beatitudes upside down, calling the poor “lazy” and the oppressed “takers”. They are too obsessed with money and power to bother picking out garments for the wedding feast.
Are You Ready for the Wedding Feast?
To put on the wedding garments will cost your whole life. Jesus said to forsake the entire world for the kingdom. He said to take up YOUR cross and follow him.
Are you willing to give it all up? Will you give up your money, your power, your little worldly dreams? Will you help your hungry neighbor, the disabled child down the street? Will you sew your wedding garments through tears of prayer for the poor and the oppressed?
Or are you going to just pull the sleep mask back over your eyes, toss a salvation prayer to heaven, and ignore the path of holy justice, Jesus’ bridge to the wedding feast?
All eternity waits for the answer.