Today I have two distinct thoughts rolling around in my head and I am not sure if either one of them is blog worthy. So I am just going to throw them out here and see what happens.
Thought one: “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men.” Stephen said that in Acts 7 just before he was stoned to death. Another version says it like this, “The Spirit of The Lord no longer dwells in temples made by human hands.”
So whenever a Pastor or anyone else refers to their “church” building as “God’s House”, they are telling a huge lie. Right here in my town there is a “church” called “His House”. The pastor there is a friend of mine and I have told him flat out that they need to change the name, but he just doesn’t see it that way. Many times I have heard “men” say “Welcome to God’s House”. Just how sad is that? To be that far from the truth? The truth is that those who follow Jesus are God’s house, we are God’s building made of lively stones and His Spirit lives in us.
Thought two: The only times Jesus passed an offering plate was in offering fish and bread to those who were hungry, like in John 6. Jesus never took up a collection so why should we? Problem is that less than 4% of the money collected by traditional “churches” actually goes to real ministry like feeding the poor and taking care of the elderly and orphans. Over 96% of the “churches” intake of funds goes to building funds, maintaining buildings, paying Clergy, and institutional maintenance. None of which are really needed to actually BE the church and serve God and others. The Church abdicated its role as the mercy giver when it became an institution instead of a Body, and now the government is trying to fill that spot. And it just doesn’t work well that way does it?
I am sorry if this blog doesn’t measure up, but I am intoxicated with love after spending the day with my 4 grandchildren at my daughter Becca’s. I got to hold, love and play with the twins Gus and Annabelle (who are almost 2 years old) Owen who is nearly 4 and Kaden who is almost 5. They all fill my heart with joy and I love them all so very, very much. So today I simply shared what little else I had on my heart and mind. My heart is so filled with sincere love and right now nothing else matters. Plus the fellowship at Becca’s was awesome. Very free, open, bold and non-conventional. We had no need or want for a Clergyman and instead had dear friends and family tell the story of their relationship with Christ. If anyone wants to add or subtract from what I have shared here today, please do so in the comments?
Kirk Out !