I talked with two different relatives this week about where the church is currently–one in Texas, one in Ohio, and I have mine here in Illinois.
And to some degree really our conversations boiled down to this: we see that church has forgot this commandment. Church has become so embroiled in traditions, so used to the way THEY do things, so used to feeding themselves, that they have forgotten how Christ called us to show everyone we are His disciples.
Do the people in your town KNOW that you are a Jesus follower? Do they even know about your church? The ways you help people inside and outside that building? Is that church known for LOVE? Or for rules, traditions, cliques, and closed doors? Is there an open path to your church or have the congregants filled it with detours to keep people from messing with the way it is? Kind of like a little old lady with beautiful gardens filled with statuary, but no one is allowed on her grass. And really she gives you the stare down if you are on her sidewalk.
What kind of church are we?
Just some thoughts…