What would Jesus say to the 21st Century Church?
Today, Jesus' message to his church might differ in some regions. Yet, wherever there is wealth, emerging wealth, or even perceived wealth; wherever people are self-confident instead of Christ-dependent; wherever people's hearts hearken to voices other than His voice, I can imagine Jesus delivering words of rebuke, correction, encouragement, and hope to those who love Him and seek to serve Him. His words might well be similar to these...
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Now, consider how you come together to worship me. Seek what I seek.
Young and old worshipping together. Rich and poor eating side-by-side. Educated and illiterate learning the Way, Truth, and Life. Men and women – adorned equally with the wonder of Imago Dei.
Different races and cultures together, turning their hearts as one towards me. This brings glory to me.
I love communities and I work through them, yet I hear you talking about your preferences – as though my Church were a marketplace. I understand that programs are easier to develop and manage when you form groups of like-minded, like-looking, like-thinking, and like-needing people. Yet, I didn’t call you to programs; I called you to purposeful lives of passion.
I abhor what you call 'market segmentation'. What do expect from such approaches but consumerism? Have you forgotten, you exist for my pleasure? I am not a cosmic bellhop. You seek to please me? Then, honor me in Christian communities that witness to the world a oneness in me that is unattainable in the world.
You can do different; you can be more. I will help you. I will show you how to change. And then, the world will know that I am God and you are my people.