“well, that’s unfortunate”.
yup, that’s actually what someone told me today when i explained that my church is laser focused and unapologetically in business for the people in our community far from God.
of course, this conversation was in a larger context of why our church does ‘this’ and doesn’t do ‘that’, and how those decisions happen to not line up with the style of worship they would prefer at the moment… yada yada yada.
to be honest these conversations weary me. i’d rather floss my teeth (something i really hate doing). i wish people who call themselves Christians would just read The Great Commission and take it literally. i wish they would look harder in the Gospels and somehow catch Jesus’ heart for the broken and the messed up. i mean, is it really that hard to see? he would spend hours talking to town prostitutes in the hot sun while his friends looked for funnel cakes, and he’d hang around money launderers with his own reputation on the line. Jesus’ passion for people affected his everyday, operational decisions, and yet it feels today like so many long-time (mature) Christians love taking cheap shots at churches trying to get their hands dirty by making those same kinds of decisions.
i think it’s unfortunate that they think it’s unfortunate. it’s sad really. because the church is not about you, Christians. it’s not about what you like, or what you prefer. the minute you turned your life over to Christ you were given a job: to love without limits, to care compassionately, and to sacrifice selflessly.
so if you’re looking for a church, look for one that’s getting their hands dirty in the lives of people far from God. and put your personal preferences aside.