'Cause my Jesus would never be accepted in my church
The blood and dirt on His feet might stain the carpet
It got me thinking . . . is that true? Are we more concerned about something in our building getting dirty, than about welcoming people into the church?
I think sometimes, not always but sometimes, we get so caught up in how things look at church and in how we look at church, that we get forget about what is most important . . . the people. There is nothing wrong with wanting things to look nice . . . but when we get so caught up in that we have a problem.
Being raised in the church, I was raised with the idea of putting on your "Sunday best" to go to church each weekend. And when you got there every other family was the same. Is there anything inherently wrong with? No, not in my opinion . . . as long as we don't put this above the people who we are supposed to be showing the love of God to.
Or I've been in places where there is more concern about the building getting dirty than about reaching out to a hurting and lost community around them? This is wrong! As the church we are called to reach out to the world and welcome them.
When I think about it . . . I wonder, would Jesus actually come to one of our churches if He was on earth today? Yes, when He was on earth before He spent time in the synagogues and with the "religious" people of His day, but He also came down pretty hard on them for their hypocritical behaviour on more than one occassion. I think, if Jesus was on earth today, we would find Him with the lowest in our society . . . the poor and the homeless. Those are the people that I think Jesus would spend much of His time with.
And maybe, that's something we need to think about more. Church is good . . . and meeting with other believers is necessary. But, we can't ignore the poor, the homeless, those who are down on their luck . . . we need to reach out to them . . . and to those around us who may not know Christ yet. That should be our focus . . . not looking our best and keeping our churches neat and clean.