Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More from Barefoot Church:

"Here’s something to consider: we may say we’re a church on mission, yet we have so many on-campus programs that our people never have time to live on mission in their neighborhoods. We may say we’re more than just a Sunday service, but 90 percent of our resources and efforts are either committed to the Sunday morning experience or events designed to draw people to our buildings. We may think we serve, but if we took an honest look, we’d find only a small percentage of our people actually serving outside the church."

"We feel bad. We recognize need. We talk about it with others, buy the T-shirt, and even read the books. But so often we fall short of doing anything. We often confuse the heart of compassion that requires a response with the feeling of sympathy that remains idle. Most of us hear about need and sympathize. But that’s not compassion. It’s not justice. It’s not mercy. Sympathy remains only sympathy until we do something about it. Then it becomes an act of compassion: an appropriate response to the call of need. Justin Dillon described it best: “A call is someone sharing their need. Sharing their oppression. A response is someone saying I hear you, I get you, and here’s what I’m gonna do.” I once read an anonymous quote that I think captures our situation well: Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But, I’m afraid He would ask me the same question."

"There are an estimated twenty-seven million slaves in our world today. That’s more than ever in history. Yet for the majority of the day my mind was consumed by trying to place a forty-something-year-old couple in community although they couldn’t meet on days that ended in “y” or between the hours of 8: 00 a.m. and 10: 00 p.m. 

In a broken world in need of hope, it’s depressing to consider the details that take priority in our minds. And it’s embarrassing to think about the topics we reason away, choosing to remain blissfully ignorant while maintaining business as usual. We are to love our neighbor as we do ourselves. Yet we think more about our Sunday bulletin than we think about the orphan crisis in our world. We believe the church is to be like a city on a hill and a light to the world, but we’re more concerned about the new recessed lighting in our lobbies than we are poverty in our city."

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