And most of the mistakes the church makes today happen for the same reasons.
No, I’m not talking about those vile, publicity-hungry, sign-waving people who boycott soldiers’ funerals. They don’t have anyone fooled. No one thinks they represent a real church, let alone real Christians.
I’m referring to the average pastor, church or media ministry that spends more time and emotion denouncing the sins of their society than reaching out to the hurting with love and compassion.
Here’s an example of what happens when our anger overtakes our compassion.
“We Thought You Didn’t Like Us”
Several years ago, our church did something that shocked our city’s public schools.
They were raising money to buy and repair instruments for their music programs. The kids in our church go to those schools, so we took an extra offering. Our small congregation generously gave $2,500. We sent it in and thought no more about it.
At the end of the school year, they had a small ceremony to thank organizations that gave over $1,000. When our church name was announced, the school officials in the room erupted in gasps and applause.
When the ceremony concluded, people descended on me to shake my hand and thank my church. On the other side of the room, I noticed the representative from a company that gave $50,000 standing alone.
I was confused.
“I don’t understand what’s happening here,” I said to the next person who shook my hand. “We only gave $2,500. Why is everyone so excited about this?”
“It’s because you’re from a church,” she said. “And we’re the public school system. We thought you didn’t like us. The only time we ever hear from churches is when they’re mad about something. We never dreamed that a local church would take an offering to help us.” Continue reading