Friday, September 28, 2007

Where In The World Are We?
I consider myself an open minded person, a positive thinker, even though I go on sometimes here about being depressed, wore out with people, frustrated with cranky old men, I really am open to allot of things. With all of my heart I want to be progressive and relevant, a discerner of the times with an understanding of what we ought to be doing, especially as it pertains to being a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ! With all of that said, I am bothered. Last week I was watching Extreme Home Makeover, the builders were creating a new home for a lady who had several children with HIV/AIDS, the team went to some type of concert where a young child, couldn't have been over 12 said that her church kicked her out, that her pastor told her and her family that they weren't welcome, it would be best for them to find another place to worship...It ticked me off. How can we say that we are believers, that Christ dwells in us and yet take this kind of approach. Isn't the church in the people business? Didn't Jesus come to seek and save the lost, to heal the sick, and to mend the broken hearted? Aren't we supposed to do the same things He did and greater? Or have we come to the point that church is about us, that we're supposed to feel better, collect a long list of prophecies, weep over the lost that aren't in the building and then avoid them at all cost? I spoke with an angry, hurting pastor today, a person hungry to see ministry take place in his congregation, but the people simply want a good sermon on Sunday and to be left alone. Where are we in this end time world? Is this really the church we want Christ to return for?


Darrell said...

I've been thinking about this post of yours for two days and trying to find a nice way to comment about it, but I can't. I agree with you... and it just flat out ticks me off that "Christian" folks can behave this way. Sounds like the Pharisees to me. I'm gonna stop before I get myself in trouble with my words... but suffice it to say that I am sick and tired of the so-called "church" being a place of hurt, ridicule and exclusiveness. Didn't I read something somewhere about those that are well not needing the doctor?

Jr. Itch said...

I don't get to watch that show much, since I am usually in church when it is on. However, had I seen that episode, I would have imploded in my laz-Z-boy. I can't add any words to what you have said already, Neil. How far is this from the Jesus of the Gospels who wasn't afraid to touch the lepers or the woman with the issue of blood?

1 John 4:8 "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

Ken said...
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Ken said...

I was recently told of a young lady that was ex-communicated from her Church for "hardness of heart" because she divorced her physically abusive husband. I was stunned because it was a well known international Church.

I also know of a "pastor" (quotes intended) that snuck out the back door while his wife met a young lady at the front door. The young lady was known (small town) to be dying from AIDS and all that she wanted was prayer. She was told by the wife that the Pastor was too busy!

As much as I want to be angry about it a sadness overwhelms me.