I’m thinking about the church and I’m about to pop with pride! The Bride of Christ is AWESOME!
We’ve got our crap and there are plenty of people who are consistently pointing it out (I’ve done my share), but today I want to boast a bit about the Church!
We are the largest organization in the world (between 2-3 billion Christians). Last year we received 35% of all charitable giving in 2008 – $106.89 billion (Giving USA 2009 Annual Report). We are putting people and money into the world for the cause of good!
What kind of good? Think about initiatives that you hear of churches undertaking:
- Feeding the poor both locally and globally
- Educating children through partnerships with public schools and the creation of private Christian schools
- Providing clean drinking water for remote villages in 3rd world countries
- Literacy programs for immigrants
- Helping prisoners transition back into society
- Defending the most innocent among us, the unborn
- Fighting against human trafficking
- Providing counseling services for the broken and disenfranchised in hopes of providing hope and healing
- Providing educational services in the area of finances, marriage, leadership, parenting, spiritual development, and a host of other life-needs
- Combating loneliness by offering the community of the local church and multiple small group environments
- Responding to local, national, and global crisis (e.g. how the church responded to the Katrina crisis)
- Partnering with single moms (e.g. MOPS programs)
- WHAT EXAMPLES DO YOU HAVE?
The church is awesome. We are doing much good in the world. We do it because we love Jesus and He modeled the way for us and commanded us to bring love and goodness to the world! Look at these verses from St. Matthew (25:31-40 from The MESSAGE):
“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 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.’
I for one want to stand up and say, THE CHURCH IS AWESOME! We have a GREAT Leader (Jesus), and we are doing a TON of good in this world. I am proud to be a Christian and a part of the greatest organization in the world!
How about you?