We all grew up wanting to be something, somebody. Armed with this ideal we seek to master life and hopefully, make a difference. But instead we lead these other lives with other dreams and carry out other plans; if we carry out any plans at all.
I wish there was some way of knowing the future without ruining the joy of the surprise and that everything in life really was free. I had planned on being so many places, so many shadows of adult, but here I am writing all of you with a bizarre wish list, this letter for hope.
I would like to know how to change this world, to really cause a paradigm shift without a midriff baring costume and a dancing pole. To find something more important to me than Rolling Stone and tattoo television shows. Iíd like to know how to get peopleís attention without a perfectly sculpted body or an obscene gesture. Not so they watch me, but that they might meet Someone greater, might find what theyíve been looking for from day one. To find the church screaming louder than glossy covers and music videos that promise everything we think we want.
But before I do, before I seek hurting people in desperate need of Christ without anything theyíve seen before, or worse, everything theyíve seen before, Iíd like to know where to take them.
Before I bring the girl whoís had an abortion, Iíd like to know if you would accept her. Will you show Christís love or fear her dating your son? Will you sit beside her in church or appoint a person who handles such a ministry? When I bring the pregnant teenager, I want to know not what youíll tell your children, but what youíll say to the prayer group and neighbors.
When you meet the handicapped, disabled, impaired and despairing, will you be moved with compassion or to the next row? Will you just not feel called or will you truly listen?
When I bring a homosexual, will you quickly remove your children or firmly shake their hand? Will you stare at her short flat top or his flowing hair? Will you quickly evaluate how many piercings are in the right ear, or will you smile with love from nail pierced hands? The homeless, the dirty and smelly, do they get to go to your service or will another be provided?
You see there are so many already and I need to know where to take them. Thereís always the bar where an all-knowing bartender dispenses advice with the shots. Thereís jail, shelters, half way houses and programs. There are corners and hangouts and all night diners.
But I was kind of hoping for a church, for sincere hands and tender hearts. Iíve found some, but I need more. You see the glossy magazine screams with everything I can have and nothing I need. You all behave so nicely in church and are good at your jobs, but I havenít seen you out there. Iím kind of hoping that you really do believe in God, that Christ really is all there is and He loves everyone.
Iíd love to see you trust Him even so much as to trust the person next to you, to teach others faith and salvation by living it yourselves. I know Iím only 25 but I just thought somebody needed to say something, to write something that would at least tell people where they should be.
You are Godís, but is He yours? Heís in a nice convenient compartment next to your road map and first aid kit or do You let Him get as close as your wallet? Does He get a say in your time and your thoughts?
I just needed to ask and I pray to God that we find the answers. Let me know, maybe thereís something I left out.
Dearly beloved, God has a people and they are out there,
all is not lost, many are called, but few are chosen, keep doing what you can, remember one can chase a thousand, there is unity in spirit and in prayer. Continue to blow the trumpet in Zion(Zion is the Church)
God Bless You.
If you live close to Marion, Ohio, I suggest you can take them to,"The Shepherd's Fellowship." But in reality, I think the safest place to take them is to the feet of Jesus. Someday the "Church" will rise out of its slumber and remember that Jesus said, "Go", not, "Bring them in." I could be wrong, but that's how I see it.
We sit in our respective churches each week, waiting on sinners to come in. They are sinners. They don't want to come hear "You must be born again." But we each need to be led of the Holy Spirit, and go to where they are, and show them Jesus. When Jesus said to go and "compel them to come in", I don't think he meant in to our church buildings, but in to "the kingdom of God." Thank you for sharing your heart. I look forward to reading more of your articles.
Having said the above...I guess I should have mentioned that "sinners" need to come to church services and hear the Word of the Lord. I did not mean to imply that they are to not come to church. But it is our responsibility as believers in Jesus to go after the sinners, and take some of the love of God that has been "shed abroad" in our hearts and share it with them. THEN, they will want to come in to the "Church".