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The teens in my church recently returned from a mission trip ministering to the homeless people in San Francisco. One person reported that it was culture shock. Well, of course, when people sit and soak in church pews and never get out and mingle with the "other side of the world" there will be culture shock. Puting ourselves in uncomfortable environments and with people different from ourselves is taught all throughout Scripture.
Jesus associated with people that were looked down upon by society. He came not to heal the righteous, but the sinners. I believe that if Jesus were to come and walk among us today, he would be going to the rescue missions, homeless shelters, and food kitchens. There you will find people who need a helping hand in getting out of whatever situation they are in, and sometimes just a listening ear or showing them that you care, would do wonders.
To be a follower of Christ means to be willing to go where he would go. Here is one suggestion: Go to your local mission or food bank and just mingle with the people, eat a meal with them, and engage in a conversation. You will be uncomfortable at first but you will be fulfilling a biblical mission. Remember, Jesus told us in the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:19-20 to GO.
The Great Commission will not be accomplished by sitting in church, soaking up sermons, listening to the choir sing, and always being around people who believe and act the same way we do.
Salvation includes not only confession of one's faith in Jesus Christ, but also deliverance from habits, addictions, and any kind of life that is contrary to God's ways. For this to happen Christians must be willing to experience culture shock.
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