As events have quickly developed through this week I have personally experienced a myriad of emotions. While there is still a lot of uncertainty that is filling our minds, this would be the time to allow the love of Christ to fill our hearts. It is in dark times that we can allow those who do not know Jesus to experience him in a way as instructed: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14–16, NLT)
I have been deeply saddened to see that as the events have unfolded over the last week or so, that instead of being the light, many churches (the Body of Christ) have taken to bickering, insults, and overall dissension regarding policies, and decisions on whether or not to open church doors to worshipers on Sunday morning. I have also seen scriptures twisted and turned out of their historical context and used as a wielded weapon to support one’s stance as to whether or not their opinion is correct. It is precisely this type of behavior that causes the not-yet-Christians to judge us and call us hypocrites and what is worse it causes them to be correct.
So, to the Body of Christ, I have posted a pie chart of some very basic information of how the average Christian person claims to spend their time on an average week. If we are going to get bent out of shape and spend precious time bickering with one another regarding whether or not the doors should be open here are a few points that I urge you to consider and even better yet pray about.
- If you are missing the 2 hours of week spent inside the church building so much that it is causing you to become angry please examine what you are doing with your remaining 166 hours of the week and see if there is a gap of God serving activities there.
- If you only speak to or communicate, or interact with the people from church on Sunday mornings the building being open is not the issue you are.
- Sunday morning are NOT for our benefit. Sunday morning are a time to show God how much we love Him, and appreciate Him and worship HIM. If circumstances prevent us from doing this at a particular building God loves us know matter where we sit, and we can love him just the same.