I love the humorous ways leaders can poke fun at a situation to wake us up to the truth about a disorder in the Church.
Ahh… yes… The Spooky Pooky. I think we’ve all run into one throughout our walk in Christianity. These are the folks that are so “religious ” they’re down right scary. They are typically inappropriate not zealous. Pushy instead of patient. Or one that I run across that was most impressionable was a lady that cackled like a peacock and always wore a peacock feather in her hair or hat. She was too “spiritual” to talk or pray with the others in church. She wanted to be right down front and on TV so everyone could see how spiritual she was. Well.. let’s just say everyone noticed how “spooky” she was.
It’s very sad really.. these people do not understand the Love of God. They do not understand that Jesus has already finished the work. They think that if they “act” religious enough or find a name, “The peacock lady”, to be remembered by that they can earn whatever they need from God. Healing, prosperity, peace, joy, etc. They do not know that everything has already been purchased by Jesus. We don’t need to perform some kind of works to earn these things.
However the hardest thing to do is to rest in the finished work of Jesus. This is so foreign to us. For decades now we have been taught wrong. The Spooky pooky developed along with this error in teaching. We must “act” more religious. We must attend everything “religious”. We must create an image of ourselves that people will remember. We must speak “Christianese” and act like visitors from Planet “Christian”.
You know there is nothing wrong with being Christ like and wanting to be close to God and follow his commandments. That is normal. Reading the Bible, transforming your mind to become more like Christ is the goal. However I’m not sure how much the Pookys read the Bible because if they did, then they would know not to start gossip, encourage strife, and act weird. For example: New people will walk into a church and this person will say….. “Well they won’t be here to long.” I’ve discerned it.” Then they start pointing their fingers at others in the church and start telling what they “discerned” about them. If those new people have any kind of radar for spiritual things they will not come back. Which begs the question why are you there? If God has called you to that place that is one thing if not, then..get with God turn on your spiritual radar and find out where you are supposed to be and go there.
Ok so we’ve poked fun at the Pookies, now is the time to add them to our private prayer list and start praying for them to experience the love of God and to remove their masks of religiosity and become more like Jesus. Just us and God, no other person needs to be made aware of a “spooky pooky” in our midst. Don’t know what to pray? Here is a good example from the Apostle Paul.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Remember to show these people lots of the God kind of Love. It can be quite an ordeal to take of the mask of “perfection” and become the real person God created them to be. Admitting that they were fake is a humbling experience and they will need the true love of Christ coming from his people if they are to survive without their mask.