In Jen Hatmaker’s book, “Interrupted” she says this about her church,
“I don’t want to be known for a great band.
I don’t want to be admired for a great campus.
I don’t want to be recognized for a great marketing campaign.
I don’t want to be praised for great programming.”
I thought this was gold. And so great.
So it made me think about what kind of church I am looking for as an attendee…..
I am looking for a church that is known for:
Taking the homeless in and feeding them.
Embracing those who are going through a divorce.
Loving those who decided to have an abortion.
Cherishing those who are gay.
Eating with those considered “different.”
Cleaning up a community.
Giving hand ups to those who need it.
Compassion towards those who don’t believe in God or Jesus.
Showing support for those with alcohol and drug issues and mental health issues.
Being a household name because that church helps people and changes lives.
A church that uses their hands way more than their mouths.
A church that even my Jesus would enter.
A church that is open about ALL of these things and what they are doing.
For some reason I think most churches believe if they would be open about serving EVERYONE, they would lose members and attendees, and they may, but what I believe is they would gain a whole lot more by doing this. A whole lot more.
Jesus hung out with the outcasts. Why do we forget that?
My favorite church has a divorce support group. A divorce support group. Yes, I said that right. Ain’t that cool? And so compassionate? And loving? And accepting?
Why do we so often forget that Jesus didn’t hang out with the perfect sinless people. He hung out with the drunkards, the broken, the lost and the forgotten……….gah, I love my Jesus. Yes. I. Do.