Our churches are full of “nice people.” And, while that’s really not a bad thing, I want to stress that it’s not necessarily a good thing. See, the Lions Club, which I’ve been part of for years, has really nice people (and some wonderful Christian, “nice people”). But they aren’t the church. I’m on the board of a local nonprofit organization that does work with emotional, physical, and financial issues with people — a whole lot of programs. But they aren’t the church. The world has oodles of nice people who never set foot in a church and may be of another religion than Christianity or no religion t all. They, too, are not the church.
The church is to be different. It is to model itself on the incarnation of Christ.
Says Faith Connection:
The task of the church from the very beginning was to embody Jesus Christ by doing what He did (Luke 4:18-19) and what He continues to do through us: declare—using both words and deeds—that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords who is bringing in a kingdom of righteousness, justice, and peace. And the church needs to do this where Jesus did it, among the blind, the lame, the sick and outcast, and the poor.
Is your church doing that?
That’s for you to answer.
Is MY church doing that?
That’s a question that is bothering me tonight.