The church has been so busy arguing about gay marriage, vaccines, Monsanto, parenting, spanking ,prophecy, speaking in tongues, women in the church, feminism, pick any other random meaningless crap we have been bickering about to even NOTICE what has been happening in our world. “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand,” (Mark 3:24) and we are divided. Divided on stupid social issues, while our foster children are being exploited, our unborn babies are being killed, immigrant children are starving and being abused, and the sex trade is flourishing. Our world is falling apart, and we are so distracted with our own lives and our own issues we are dong nothing. Those issues are happening right outside our doors, not in another country, here, right here. Can you even imagine the difference WE, those who are self proclaimed Jesus followers, the difference we could make if we banded together? The Mormons, the Catholics, the Protestants, Lutherans, ect, ect, ect, the CHRISTIANS actually banded together and decided to actually be the Church?
The church has been sleeping. Sleeping away, arguing amongst themselves. DOING NOTHING. Whose job is it to look after the orphans? Whose job is it to look out for the prisoners, to visit them? Whose job is it? You know the answer. It’s yours, it’s the churches, its mine. It’s OUR job, as the bride of Christ to be his hands and feet. To be the ones driving the legislation, making the changes, loving people and in doing so bringing them to God. Its OUR job to defend the defenseless and to show people the Love of God. It is NOT our job to judge them and deem who is and is not worthy of our love!!
You cannot share the love of Jesus with someone if you do not meet them right where they are, without judgment. No one will listen to you while you are pointing a finger at them condemning them to hell. No one.
If I was an outsider looking at the church, I would be mocking us. What do churches even do? Seriously, what do they do? They appear to isolate themselves in these huge buildings, with state of the art equipment and put on concerts every week. They do “overseas” work, which is awesome and commendable, but what about our community? What about our neighbors? Look at the foster care system. A “target audience” of the church. One of the few actually targeted in the bible James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.. Yet, the foster care system here in Arizona is OVERLOADED. That’s the direct fault of us. The church is not doing their job. There should not be a foster care system overload, the church should step up and take in those kids.
Secondly what about the prison system, when was the last time you visited someone in prison? Again, that’s another “target audience” Jesus calls us to. Mathew 25 tells us about the parable of the sheep and the goats, specifically lists that “when I was in prison you did not visit me” The vulnerable prison population should be being taken care of by the church. We should be visiting them, witnessing to them and helping them. There are a few prison ministries, but not enough.
I could keep listing people, I could keep pointing out our failings (the finger is pointed directly at me to). The point is, when are we going to shut up already about the “gay agenda” about immigration, about politics, about organic foods!? When are we going to stop bickering amongst ourselves and actually get shit done? When are we going to choose to be the bride of Christ and actually take care of his children, of his people?
Wake up church. Wake up and make a difference. I realize its overwhelming and you don’t know where to start. Start first, by praying, praying that God would open your eyes to those who are already in your life. Then Stop, stop when you see a hurting person, stop and help. Stop for that broken down person on the side of the road. Stop and talk to the other people around you and listen to them. Sometimes just listening can mean everything to a hurting individual, one you may not even know is hurting because you never bothered to stop and care. Stop being so consumed with yourself that you fail to see your neighbor. That you fail to see even your friend when they are in trouble. Get to know your community, God has put you somewhere. He has put you in your home, at your job, in your neighborhood. Be his light, start illuminating your world. Start the fire where your at, it will spread. Get used to doing the right thing, no matter what even when its really hard. Once you start opening your eyes, God will keep putting people in your path. God will show you where to go, and hey, don’t wait for a writing on the wall. When in doubt, just help someone, do you really need to hear Gods voice to help someone? I really think the biggest difference will start when we just open our eyes to the ones God has already placed in our lives. When we actually take the step outside our doors with the intention of being Gods hands and feet, with the intention of showing everyone around us that they are important and they matter. . You know what and who you see, already, I don’t have to tell you. I just implore you to stop ignoring it.
Stepping off my soapbox now, going right down to my knees to see how I can change, how I can make a difference with the people God has placed in my life, and maybe just maybe change the world.