WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
Would he buy an overpriced on a high interest long term loan? Would he start a denomination? If so, what would it be. Would he drive a big, bulky, overpriced, gas, guzzling car and carry a shiny Bible? Would he fill his pockets with high interest credit cards that he couldn’t possibly pay for? Would he be a democrat, republican, conservative, or liberal? Where would he stay and who would he stay with? How would he dress? What stores would he shop in? Would he shop at all? Aren’t we supposed to be like Jesus or is that just on Sunday morning or Wednesday night?
Our present system of things in the world is falling apart at an alarming rate. Our churches need to shift gears and begin to start attacking the problems one at a time. Yes we need to stay faith based and Bible centered. But we also need to get more personal and one and one with our people. Often visitors and members are afraid to open up and ask for help. We have a tendency to fall into routines, rituals, and methodologies that even members are afraid to interrupt feeling they will stand out, be exposed as needy, or be embarrassed in some way. We crave to be understood. We long for true acceptance and fellowship.
Our mission as Christians and ministers is to keep our eyes and ears open for need and go in and fill that need in the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Our mission should be one of action and fulfillment.
Many have become passive prayer warriors taking the easy road. The one that says to the needy or lost we will put you on our prayer list. That is all fine and good but is that all we should do. Is that all we can do. Where is our innovative and creative spirit? What has happened to all the front line soldiers and workers who aren’t afraid to dig in and get there hands dirty working on other peoples’ problems. Yes, it can be daunting, overwhelming, and even scary at times. But how else are we going to turn this present situation around unless we face the dragon head on.
It takes a special kind of person to work in these danger zones. You have to be a little daring and crazy. Not to mention nerves of steel and not easily intimidated or put off. Many times you will make wrong decisions. You also have to be careful not to get too close to the person you are helping especially if they are not regular members of your church or group.
Active front line ministries are not for everyone but they do exist and they should exist. We just don’t have enough of them. They cost money, time, effort, and determination. These are the special forces of the congregation on the front line of God’s Army. Now I know what Jesus would do.