Kellie Alexander's Blog

May 19, 2009

Jesus Came to Save the World

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I’ve been thinking a lot about ministry lately (more than usual I suppose) and I am beginning to see a trend around me that basically seems to make the whole concept of the modern day church seem rather pointless; ineffectual to say the least; and certainly not at all what it would appear the Lord had in mind when He first instituted the church in the first place.

I am thinking primarily of how modern churches that I have been exposed to for the most part are more or less willing only to minister to a very small segment of society and only on very limited terms. Of course, I know I am not the only person who has seen this and I’m certainly not one of the best people to recognize the trend, but it’s what’s on my mind, so here I put it for whosoever will read it and I hope it will prick at least a few hearts to some form of action.

You see, most of the churches that I have been in (and I’ve racked up quite a few in my time) seem basically contented to entertain their various elite “club members” and as long as they all agree on the same style of music and the same manner of preaching, and they all are reasonably happy in their lives, what is happening in the world is of no consequence to them. They appreciate the few visitors who will occasionally make a statement of faith in front of their congregations, and this keeps the administration of the church happy as they have a few “Now that you are saved” type folders to put together each quarter. But, the weeping masses outside the door with real problems would never dare to violate the sanctity of the church because, quite frankly, they simply are not welcome there. On occasion, if a very wounded soul manages to muster the courage for a visit, they are told in very short order that their particular addiction or sinful state is not something that this church specializes in, and they are sent on their miserable way to find someplace else to get help.

What is wrong with this picture???

Jesus first of all didn’t even spend the majority of his ministry time inside a synagogue as far as we can tell. He certainly did spend time teaching there, but the majority of the stories we read of His ministry were spent outdoors among the wounded and broken masses. And, of course, anyone who realizes that also recognizes that Jesus’ primary complaints with mankind were aimed at the religious bigots who refused to interact with the world’s lost and broken.

Churches, wake up! See how ineffective you have become! True revival most likely will not come to your fancy buildings with your neat little classrooms and on your tidy schedules. True revival will come to the most broken and lowly masses imaginable; for these are the people who truly desire God because they see how desperately poor in spirit they truly are. Jesus said the poor in spirit are blessed for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

See the poor in spirit. Bless them by opening your ministries to them. The broken of the world are who you were sent to reach.

Luk 5:29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

Luk 5:30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

Luk 5:31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Luk 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Oh, and by the way, shame on fellow believers for standing in judgment of anyone who would trust God enough to reach out to the wounded, needy, and poor in spirit.

May the Lord bring true revival to this country!

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