(1 Corinthians 10:12 ESV).
Recently, I had a conversation with another church leader about the state of Christianity here in the Northeast. We discussed how the church has fallen from the heights of the First Great Awakening and it seems as if the plunge is continuing to this very day. Those of us ministering here often go looking outside our area for partnerships to help us to do the work of the gospel because the resources in-house aren't enough to reach the 55.3 million people that live here (that's 25% of the total U.S. population).
However, as I thought about the current situation of where I live, it struck me that every church no matter what it's location needs to be on its guard against repeating the same mistakes of the Northeast: the mistakes of trusting in our own wisdom, thinking too highly of ourselves and looking more to success and power than the cross of Jesus Christ and the cross we've been commanded to carry. It happened here and it could happen to any church—no church is immune to the crash and burn scenario.
These thoughts should humble us all. They should drive us to plead for God’s grace—for the sake of His great name and for the sake of His Church.