Sunday, March 27, 2011

Love or Favoritism? Part III

“Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”  Matt. 25:40  Message Bible

I was standing next to a person when a church leader rushed over to hug on them.  As the leader walked away, I’m sure the Holy Spirit convicted them, they turned around walked back towards me, reached out to shake hands with me while saying, “You do know, they needed to be loved on more than you did?”    My response was, “no worries, I am use to it.”

My Bible says that God loves us all, no exceptions, no favorites, He loves us all equally.  So why is it that ‘we’ don’t love one another or at least acknowledge each other?

Is it really love or favoritism?

We say we love but our actions prove us to be truthful or liars?  

We like some, love a few and ignore all others!

Recently I witnessed a similar situation in a church I was at.  An individual was shaking hands with a church leader and, the leader walked away while this person was talking to them.   It was obvious the leader was not interested in anything this person had to say.  

It seems that it is bad enough when attendee’s at church ignore one another but when church leadership cannot be bothered by their attendee’s, my question is, “Why go?”

People can be treated that way any place they go out there in the world.  In fact most people can be treated better in the world than in church.  Why?

Could it be arrogance, jealousy, a haughty spirit or just plan favoritism?

We expect that from the world but from the church, where people should be accepted and loved with the ‘love of Christ.”   Guess it proves that Church has become more and more like the world.  

I once heard a person say, “they know what to expect from sinners, those outside the church, but was surprised by the way they were treated by those in the church…guess the church is still full of hypocrites.”   Sadly, they walked away from church and want nothing to do with Christianity. 

We all know, we cannot allow ‘hypocrites’ to stand in the way of our relationship with Jesus, but sometimes the pain of rejection can be unbearable.   Satan knows just how to inflict pain and rejection is one of his greatest tools.

People’s actions speak louder than their words!

Church will only be as good as we are because……...we are the Church.  Unfortunately, we have allowed Church to become focused on the personality of leadership: man. 

If church really was about God, His love, His mercy and grace it would flow freely within the Church and pour out into our city and world.

Today, Church has become cultic.   It has become a place to go for like-minded socialization.  A clique!

A place where there is no change………no growth……no conviction!

“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’   After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’   So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.   For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”   Luke 14:21-24  NLT

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