With a great flap of wings the large crow lifted from its meal and rose to wait on a branch overhanging the road. I saw soon enough that the bloodied carcass the crow fed on had been an opossum just trying to cross the highway but it had been struck down on its way. My heart was saddened.
We humans are in charge, the little animals are nothing to us sometimes. If they get in our way as we’re speeding down the road, too bad. Sometimes, I know, it’s an unavoidable accident but I’ve seen sometimes that it’s not. There was the time for instance that I saw a furry creature standing in the road fully alive and healthy and then watched helplessly as the car ahead of me tore off intentionally toward it.
Why did the driver of that car do that? Why is killing something just because we can, ever considered fun? Is this just natural, or is something wrong here? I’ve heard that hurt people - hurt people. They hurt animals too. Is there help for them? Some are so hardened and hateful it’s hard to care, but aren’t these some of the ones Jesus came to help? Didn’t He say,
“Those who are well have no need of a physician.”? Mark 2:17 ESV
Where can the sick find Jesus? Why do I need to ask? The answer is so easy - why in our churches, of course.
In our churches where we hear things like, “Excuse me but I believe you’re in my seat.”
“Can you keep your eyes on your music instead of smiling at the congregation?”
“Look who showed up today, the nerve!”
And there’s gossip,
And pasted-on perpetual smiles,
And sermons that don’t mention God,
And sermons that are careful to not offend -
These are red flags to the bull in me.
Milk toast, church ladies, hypocrites, boring, snobby, goody-two shoes, self righteous - these are terms I’ve often heard used to describe the church (and some worse stuff) and some of it is deserved.
In his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace? Philip Yancey told a story of a troubled young woman. When asked if she’d go to church she answered, “Why would I go there, I already feel bad enough?”
All churches are not missing the mark. Many churches model Jesus and He is active among the members. God bless them. And I know that all road-kill is not the result of hurting human minds.
Churches are groups of imperfect humans needing to be fed and having a shared mission to help and encourage one another, every one another. Jesus showed us the way. Jesus showed us perfect love in His death, and He showed it in His whole life, too.
Let’s see that great flap of wings causing a bird to rise. Lets be churches that call upon the Lord and “Rise up as an Eagle in the sky...” Isaiah 40:31 EXB
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