He took his woes to God, "They won't let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner."
"What are you complaining about?" said God.
"They won't let me in either."
-Sadly, this story is often the case today.
Too frequently we bar up our churches from the people that make us uncomfortable or challenge us. We gather together in the "Name of our Lord" in our comfy little worlds called the church and then go home forgetting all about our spirituality until the next Sunday rolls around.
This is a far cry from our roots.
I often use the phrase "I am just trying to follow the Leader" when others take intrigue to my walk of faith. Following the Leader forces me to look at the Biblical Jesus and by the grace of God try to mirror Him on this earth. And when I do that, I have to realize that Jesus was famous for sitting down and breaking bread with anyone who wanted to be present. Including outcasts, rebels and the down-and-outs.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately due to the present day condition of the church resembling more of a country club instead of a group of people trying to follow the Leader. Rejecting others has many consequences but who would have thought that one of them would be baring God from coming to church?
So today, I am not going to let you off easy.
Here is a question to ponder:
Is the way Jesus lived His life a far cry from the way YOU are living your life?
"You fools and blind men!
Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?