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...
Part 12 of 15
You also must be more willing to reveal me. Things happen when you lift me up. In the midst of change, do not fail to lift me up. Why do some of you paint over me with cheap primer? Why are you willing to obscure the contrasts that exist in my very nature? Why do you conceal my Otherness? How do expect to accomplish change if you hide my characteristic contrasts and try to constrain me from rising among my people? These are my people. This is my Church. Contrasts are mine - I made change that way.
Picture a sunrise or sunset. Either will illustrate equally well, what I am saying. Listen for the roaring ocean and the raging tides. Feel the evening breeze caressing your face. Take in the seasons. Look at yourself in a mirror month after month. Watch your children as they grow. Sit in silent awe as I ride by on the clouds, swirling, taking shape, drifting, re-forming, and separating only to gather again.
Do you believe I can’t be trusted with change?