The other day, I met many Jesuses. They were hungry and lonely. I helped to feed them. They were mentally ill, physically sick, confused, wheelchair bound, and desperate. They were all in great need. I drove one on them to his deteriorating house. I listened to another one who complained of stomach pain. I could have been at home enjoying a relaxing day with my family. But I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve these Jesuses instead. I felt the presence of God, and did not set foot on a church. I am sharing this to give God the glory, not myself. Please do not congratulate me or praise me for this, I just want to get this message across: Church should be on the streets.
This is why I strongly believe that attending church should involve the following:
Instead of raising hands in praise….take the hands and reach out to feed the hungry.
Instead of going to a temple or synagogue… go to prisons and nursing homes to visit the forgotten.
Instead of kneeling to pray… kneel to talk to orphans and homeless people who sleep on the cold floor.
Instead of singing hymns…. sing to a crying baby whose mother just died of AIDS or is waiting to be adopted.
Instead of listening to a preacher’s sermon…..listen to the cries of a beaten man or a raped woman.
Instead of listening to what a particular church has to say about how to handle your money….. listen to your heart when a smelly, unkempt person asks for a quarter.
Instead of worrying about how to have people “saved”…. worry about how to forgive and ask for forgiveness.
Instead of reading and memorizing Bible verses…practice what the Bible says.
Before you shake hands with your “brothers and sisters in Christ”…remember the Jesuses that are waiting outside the church.