Yeah, I know. I created this blog spot, but I haven't even started on it yet. I am truly trying to wait until I'm completely finished with College to start blogging on this thing because I will then have enough time to write and think of something other than school work.
Real quick, I wanted to type something that has kind of been on my mind since I have just read a book on church perspectives. There was a minister and an atheist that went around the country visiting churches and they wrote a book together documenting their conversations on what the atheist's honest opinions of the churches that they visited were. The title of the book is Jim (the minister) and Casper (the atheist) Go to Church. After visiting one of the big churches of America that pretty much put on a show for anyone who is there, the atheist says this amazingly convicting statement. Casper turns to Jim and says, "Is this what Jesus left you guys here to do?"
Just think about this. What did Jesus leave us here to do? Was it to have church and edify ourselves, or was Jesus' intention for Christians to actually live like Him and care for people and help people? I believe that the church is absoluetely necessary. God has established it along with Government and the biological family. However, if that is all we are doing, I, like Jim, believe that we as Christ's followers have missed the mark. I think that if Jesus came back to this earth right now and went to the big churches and even little churches in America, He would be pretty upset. There are the churches that are having tremendous impacts on their community through unique opportunities and Jim and Casper visit a few of these churches, but the majority of our churches in this country are not. We need to be out in our community way more than we are. We need to develop relationships with those that don't believe in Jesus because of our true care and concern for them and desire to actually make relationships with them. Remember this, people that don't believe in Jesus are not our enemies, Satan is our enemy and he has already been defeated.
I want to make a disclaimer about this book. The book doesn't focus on what the churches do during the week, but rather what happens on Sunday morning or Saturday night, when they have church services. Also, this is not a scientific book, but a book on perspectives on how the church looks to unbelievers and Jim and Casper admit this. However, the book is very enlightening to what unbelievers may think of our churches when they visit, which is normally on Saturday nights or Sundays.
So, what did Jesus leave us here to do?