Sunday, January 29, 2006

It’s Sunday morning and the faithful have gathered. As I look around to see where the church is Monday thru Saturday I note that maybe half this group is retired. Hometown Friends Church has three services and the 9:45 gathering includes quite a few gray heads. These folks are no longer models of Christian living in the workplace. But even an old guy like Kenneth knows the church should be open to smokers, alcoholics, and prostitutes—and he’s willing to stand up and say it.

I notice Dave whose used car lot is a block and a half and a world away from my office. As a Christian publisher, the things that happen in my office tend to have some institutional flavor. We don’t make direct contact with the same type of people that Dave interacts with on his car lot.

The real work of the church doesn’t happen in this sanctuary with its stained glass windows. It’s on the car lot, in the classroom, at the coffee shop, across the street and across the hall, in the store, at the office, and in the home.

3 Comments:

Blogger Methuselah said...

Have you gone mad? Since when should the church recieve as Christians alcoholics and prostitutes who practice their debauchery publicly? I don't remember the Bible articulating that these types of people are welcome within the Christian commmunity, maybe you might be able to point me the verse in the Bible that said otherwise?

10:36 PM  
Blogger Dan McCracken said...

Luke 7:36-50

7:15 AM  
Blogger K. Johnson said...

Also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

8:58 AM  

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