Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Why We Love the Church (Part Two)
One more quote from Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck's Why We Love the Church:
"With all the ugly sausage making I've seen in the church, I've also witnessed incredible sacrifice and generosity. I've marveled a number of times at why all these people voluntarily show up for worship on Sunday, give their time and money, and commit to loving those who are or once were complete strangers. I've overheard plenty of newcomers being invited over for dinner. I've been moved to tears as people tell me they are praying for me, and because I know their character I believe them. I've seen hurting people surrounded by a loving church family in prayer. I've seen the church respond with lavish outpouring to those who are in need. I've seen lots of people quietly do their work in the community and in the church, with little fanfare, little applause, and little talk of changing the world, and all the while make a huge difference. I've seen young kids and empty nesters give their lives to help the helpless in Mississippi, or work alongside the poor in Africa, or bring the gospel to college students in Turkey" (pp.221-222).
I have seen similar things in every church with which I have been involved. Many Christians and churches are quietly making a difference in their communities and around the world. They are following the apostle Paul's instructions: "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody" (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12). It may not be spectacular, but it's a great reason to love the church.