I’ve been surfing Christian blogs this past week, and if you know me at all, you know I watch a lot of Christian TV. I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that seems to be growing very fast. Not all, maybe not even most yet, but way too many of God’s people and His churches seem to be forgetting to care for people.  

One blogger, who is a minister’s wife, spoke of having a friend talk to someone in her church about BO. Honestly! Jesus ate with whores and drunkards. He also touched a man with leprosy. Remember this was a long time ago, before people became obsessed with hygiene, and lepers wore filthy rags to cover their sores. I don’t imagine any of those people smelled like rose water. Sure a church can teach life skills, such as taking care of one’s self, as well as teaching the Bible. But the truth is, being a Christian and bringing glory to God sometimes requires that you reach out to or hug someone who doesn’t smell so great.

Another blogger worries about getting Christian counseling in the same town where their ministry is located. I have to wonder what kind of an example they are setting for their flock. Does the congregation not know that their leaders are humans with human flaws? Are they so high and holy as to be unapproachable with the problems of the people in their church? Maybe by getting counseling themselves they would encourage others in need to do the same.

A TV preacher, who I won’t name, actually does some pretty good stuff. He feeds hungry people in Africa and runs a Bible College here in the States. Unfortunately, his TV ministry has become the “look at all the good stuff I do” show. Jesus gave the glory for everything He did to His Father. He didn’t even allow a young man to call Him good, and said only the Father is good. Works are great, and we will do good works if we love God, but the glory should be His not ours.

I was watching another program where the preaching was pretty darn good, but when the camera pans across the congregation he is so obviously proud of, it’s all lily-white, upper class faces you see. One has to wonder, what would happen of someone of color or someone poorly dressed walked into that building? Would they be comfortable? Would they feel welcomed?

A young man, who attends my church now, was removed from another church in the same town, because he has Down’s syndrome and “might be dangerous to the children”. That same church shut down their bus ministry, because “kids don’t tithe”. It’s dying now.

I don’t begrudge anyone anything God has blessed him with for a job well done. If God wants them to have a jet or a 10 million dollar building, then they should have it. But we have to stop worrying about the buildings. We have to stop worrying about how we look, and start taking care of people.

James 2:14-16What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”

I don’t want a crystal cathedral if it means not feeding a hungry child or supporting a missionary. I don’t want to sing perfectly if it means someone else will be too intimidated to try. I don’t care how you smell or how you’re dressed, God loves you, and thanks to His grace and mercy so do I.

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