Moral Contradictions

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A movement, not an institution...

Last night my wife read me a passage from a book she's reading for seminary. The passage said something to the effect that Jesus wasn't looking to start a new religion or institution, but rather a he wished to effect a movement, which is more inspiring and more powerful. I know I horribly paraphrased that, but essentially I wonder if Jesus looks at today's church and shakes His head. So many of us are content to fill our space in the pew for an hour and go home. Where in the Bible are we commanded to do that?

Not too long ago, a large and wealthy church here in Richmond launched a single mother ministry. Those who had been divorced, widowed, or alone could find strength from fellowship with one another and experience God's love. After a year, the church evaluated the success of the program, which was growing and quite popular.

Yet, at the end of the staff meeting, the ministry was canned. Why?

Church members were upset their BMW's had to park next to Ford Escorts and the like.

How is that Christ-like?

1 Comments:

  • I once heard a high profile TV preacher say that if all you could get from God was an Oldsmobile, then you could park it on the street. The Church parking lot reserved for those with enough faith to get Mercedes, Jaguars, Hummers, Cadillacs, Lincolns, etc.

    Something is dreadfully wrong with USAmerican churchianity. We need to be re-introduced to Jesus Christ, his teachings, and his heart.

    Peace,

    Mike

    By Blogger Dr. Mike Kear, at Wednesday, September 21, 2005 11:30:00 PM  

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