Something has been stirring in me for a few days…ok over a week…and I have to put it out on the table. Before I go further, I’m going to assert that I love my church. I cannot imagine being anywhere but The Sanctuary at this moment in my life. That being said, I am frustrated.
From my understanding, the church, the Church was designed to be missional. What I mean is that we are supposed to go out into the community to where the people are who do not know Christ, and we are supposed to exemplify Christ to them. We’ve been placed by God, by the obedience of our pastor, in a certain community (insert the community where you church worships here.) Does that not mean that we are supposed to add to the community? If you read your Bible, Jesus was all over the community. He walked here and there; He made friends with the most unlikely people for a rabbi to befriend. He was known in His community, and He was respected. Sure, the religious elite wanted Him dead for messing with their system. But He made a difference. And perhaps I missed this page in my Bible, but I don’t remember Jesus only hanging out in the synagogue with synagogue people. If I’m wrong, please let me know chapter and verse so that I can be correctly informed.
People of the Church, please hear what I have to say. There are billions of people, probably thousands of whom you touch on a monthly basis. Stand up and be an example. Be Jesus to those around you. Break bread with them. Talk with them. Listen to them.
God didn’t put you on earth to show up at church on Sunday morning to listen to a great message, sing some good songs and then go home and be ineffective.
Stop going to church, as if church is a location. Be the church. You, my friend, whether you know it or not, are the temple of the Holy Spirit.