I heard a story once (internet legend? true? either way, the point got to me) of a pastor who opened his sermon with the following quote:
"I have three things I'd like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don't give a shit. What's worse is that you're more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night."
Wow. That hit home. I am known as a bit of a goody two shoes (though I might be veering from that a little, which is a whole other blog post.) I have not looked at Christianity the same way since.
This photo that a self proclaimed atheist posted to Twitter took my breath away. I was trying to get recs for a church to visit while visiting family this summer out of state. I don't know the person who posted this, personally, but it was a very personal moment for me.
I don't think money is bad. I don't think God cries because I have a super schmancy 2011 Ford instead of a beat up Pinto. But I do think I and the church at large are all ignoring major issues in favor of majoring on minors and sitting comfortably. No longer am I okay with giving to ministries where the leaders live in multi million dollar homes and take their jets on 'missions trips' to London, Paris and other fancy locations while staying silent on issues that REALLY, REALLY matter and avoiding poverty stricken mission fields. Yes, salvation is so, SO important. But how can someone think of receiving Jesus when their body is shutting down from something preventable? This is why I am such an advocate of feeding programs and other ministries that take care of practical physical needs as well as the spiritual ones.
This is really how the world sees the Church. It's heartbreaking. What can we do about it? Not just to change the perceptions but to change our actions from the inside?