I picked up a new book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and why it matters by David Kinnamen, and I was overwhelmed within the first page:
…they reject Jesus because they feel rejected by Christians.
Church, what are we doing? How have we missed the message of grace? “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
We (and I mean Christians as a whole group, not just one church or denomination) have spent a lot of time making sure we are RIGHT that we've missed the message that we are to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Just a couple of days ago I wrote a post about Defying Gravity — about leaping into the unknown on faith. I am still there — in mid leap, defying gravity.
I'm the director of a nonprofit that advocates for abused & neglected children. We don't take the children into our homes, we don't even allow our volunteer advocates to transport the kids, we just ask people to invest in a child's life and to advocate for that child, just like you would your own.
When I speak to most people — both in the church and beyond — I hear “Oh, I could never do that. I just couldn't handle it.” And I want to SCREAM. If not you, then who? Who church? Who is to do this?
500,000 children are in foster care — where's the church?
25,000 will grow up and age out of foster care with NO WHERE to go — where's the church?
Methamphetamines are overwhelming my county and many others. Drug abusers need help — where's the church?
People go hungry in America? Children are hungry in America — where's the church?
Women are beaten by the spouses and where's the church?
Church — just because you refuse to look doesn't mean it's not there. All the building fund projects in the world won't save the life of ONE CHILD.
All the new family life centers and beautiful landscaping won't help ONE BEATEN WOMAN.
There's a multi-million dollar church being built in may area and I ask:
When will you use it? And who will use it?
Will you open your doors to the beaten, the addict, the drunk and the prostitute?
Will you use the rooms for the homeless or for the woman seeking refuge from another beating? Will you?
Or will you just open your doors on Wed night for a few hours and again on Sunday?
Who will help these people if not us, Church?
Who are we waiting on? The government? It's not their job. The families? They are too broken to help.
Are we waiting on someone else? And who is that?
And so with that I step into the Unknown.
For seven years I've worked in this field and I've long wondered WHERE'S the Church?
Today, I begin to put these questions into a book. I want to show the church what the need is and I am challenging all of us to meet that need.
Get out of the pew and reach out. There is a world beyond that door that desperately needs our help.