God isn’t saying to the poor, Come find the church; he’s telling us to go.
But we aren’t going. We’re staying safely in our buildings and huddles.
Shane Claiborne quotes an Iraqi bishop who told him that Christianity wasn’t discovered in the West, it was domesticated there. Now that’s pretty close to the bone and uncomfortable… which it should be.
According to research, 95% of the income of churches (in the USA) stays in the church – paying staff, maintaining buildings etc. My first reaction to this statistics was to dismiss it – it doesn’t apply to my church. We give 25 % of our income to mission – which is good. But, wait… didn’t we just build a big extension to our building? And what do we give to the poor – really, directly?
Are we really squeaky clean, but nowhere to be seen?
Are we treading water, complacent and lukewarm? What is our passion? Where is our passion? Where is our voice, our vision, our vocation?
Do we even stop to think about this anymore? Do I?