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Earlier today a local church building was struck by lightning and it ended up burning to the ground.
Hawk Creek Lutheran Church was built in 1880. Today, a single bolt of lightning brought it down in fiery glory. Did it kill the church? NO! Not a single human being was injured.
And yet, we mourn the loss of a building. It was beautiful. It was ornate. It had stained glass windows and beautifully painted murals on the altar. But all these things were not, are not the church.
Buildings collapse and we mourn. Millions of people die every day without knowing The Love, The Forgiveness, The Grace of Jesus Christ, and we do nothing. This is on us Christians.
We blame. We point fingers. We condemn. How is that Jesus? We mourn a building. How is that not idolatry?
Christians, the time is now. We are running out of time and I want you to boldly ask yourselves tonight, ‘If all my friends and family died tonight, how many of them would know Jesus? Not know a building, or that I go to a building, but how many would KNOW HIM??!’ If we cannot honestly answer ‘ALL OF THEM!!’ Then we need to ask ourselves, ‘WHY??!’
Jesus loved. He cared. He cried. And He Died, for all of us. He kicked Satan in the throat and killed him. And yet, we let Satan have so much power and we don’t even realize it!! We mourn A BUILDING???!! We mourn the loss of a car, a house, possessions, a job. But MILLIONS of people die without knowing Love, Grace and Forgiveness!!! We missed the mark. We GROSSLY missed the mark!
God put us here to relate to each other and to Him. What do we do? We relate to stuff. We are the church! We. You. Me. That guy buying groceries with the last of his paycheck the mom putting the last two dollars she has into her car so she can get the kids to daycare while she works a twelve hour day, the homeless people all over who wonder where their next meal is coming from and why this world ignores them. It’s time to stop ignoring people!!
Love creates grace, grace creates peace, peace creates togetherness and togetherness creates relationships and that creates an open line to God. And it is all held in place through Jesus Christ and His outstretched arms as He walks out of the grave among us today.
We have missed the mark and put our thoughts and feelings on stuff. But that can all change today. This one post can change the world.