The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Matthew 8:20
Do you think Our Lord would have been happier if he’d had a great big modern church equipped with every amenity?
The church across the street from me has all sorts of amenities, including ones that are anything but amenities for the church’s neighbors.
Every day it doesn’t rain, they have this horrible machine, sort of like the huge lawn mowers used on golf courses, that goes round and round, vacuuming up fallen leaves. Some fat guy rides on it. If you were new to the neighborhood, you might think we had a jet-port hidden somewhere.
The machine is escorted by two or three men with leaf-blowers, the kind that strap to your back, and another guy with a very loud edger.
When you call the church office to complain about the noise they’re making, absolutely nothing happens.
Now, what does all this have to do with the church’s ordained mission of taking care of God’s people–teaching them God’s word, seeing to their spiritual welfare, and providing charity to those who need it? Where is it written that there must not be a single leaf on any of the sidewalk surrounding the church? That the grass must be edged every day? And how much money does it cost the church to do this every day?
Do you have a church in your town that thinks it’s a boiler-making factory?
But then if the churches really cared about their mission all along, and performed it diligently, we wouldn’t have the kind of America we have today.