A few days ago I came across a blog post that someone wrote and here is an excerpt from the post.
“The church does not need anymore coffee bars. They don’t need the lighting. They don’t need the concerts. They don’t need the trend setting. They don’t need couches on the platform. They don’t need to dim the lights to attract people. Tell a person how God has changed your life. Show them the love of God through your actions. Demonstrate how God helped you through the darkest of storms.
Church leaders remember that you are not just trying to attract the hip and the cool to your church. You are reaching widows. You are reaching children who don’t have a parent. You are reaching someone battling with a disease. You are reaching a person going through a divorce. You are reaching a businessman who thinks they have all that they need. You are reaching the hurting. And the only thing they need is Jesus.”
This blog post simply put really touched my heart and made me cry a little as I empathised with this lady’s story and the pain it must have caused, and still going through. However at the same time I felt bad for the church and all the criticism and ridicule it usually receives based on the actions of a minority. After reading her post, I started thinking of all the wonderful work the church does with families, people, children, vulnerable adults, victims and survivors of abuse and how they continually fight for the rights of those stigmatised and marginalised in our communities.
It is so easy to forget the great things churches do like job creation by hiring people to work in those coffee shops and not only that, but these coffee places in the church are a comfort place for some people where they get to see a community of people that love them and uphold them and mingling is just part of their healing processes. After churches have done their Godly mandate and ministered Gods love, healing and salvation into the lives of people it is also vital that they foster these people and their faith in helping them grow.
I will not disregard the feelings of the woman who wrote that blog because most of her points are valid. We need to lift her up in our prayers and be a blessing in her life too. Please search your heart and Donate a small amount of $5 and we will make sure the money will get to her and her children.
1 Timothy 5
3 Take care of[b] any widow who has no one else to care for her. 4 But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.
5 Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help. 6 But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives. 7 Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism.
God bless you
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