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Okay, so she didn’t come to visit me personally, but I did invite her to speak at chapel this morning and she accepted. It was one of the best chapel services I have seen in the 4 years I’ve worked at TBC. I invited Natalie and the Executive Director of the Home Foundation, Stacia Freeman, to come and speak to the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention about the Home Foundation’s work in fighting human trafficking. I have volunteered my creative services to the Home Foundation for a while now and I am proud to be part of the fight.
Sometimes we need a reminder to get out of our comfort zones and get busy doing the work of the Lord. Sitting back in the comfortable complacency of our church pews is not what Christ had in mind when he said “Go!” He didn’t mean “Go” to church. He didn’t mean “Go” get comfortable. And he certainly didn’t mean “Go” get offended. I think, as Christians, we are all too often quick to get offended by everything around us. There is such a thing as righteous anger, but I think we misplace, misuse, and misdirect our energy on trivial things.
Christ wasn’t offended by prostitutes, tax collectors, or even by the persecutors of his own people. When he found some people about to stone an adulteress to death he said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” He also said that “He who claims to be without sin deceives himself and the Truth is not in him.”
What I’m getting at is simply this: Some things that we refuse to talk about in church are, I believe, the very thing that Christ would WANT us to talk about in church! We are in the business of ministering to the hurt, the downtrodden, the broken, the weak, the strong, the sinners, the saints, the good, the bad, and the indifferent. If we, as the body of Christ, continue to be so inwardly focused and remain so secluded in our comfort zones, then we are not doing what Christ commanded us to do. It’s no wonder the world sees the modern Christian church as irrelevant.
So, I challenge anyone who reads this to get out of your chairs. Get out of the churches and get busy doing God’s work. We are not called to be in church. We are called to BE THE CHURCH! A church is not a building… it is the people who worship in that building. If you aren’t compelled to get involved in this cause, find another one and get involved!!! Thank you, Natalie and Stacia for the exceptional message!