Wow, what a church building. I was reading about a church building online this morning. It has 10,000 windows, 52 bells in the bell tower, massive 90 foot tall doors that electronically open behind the pulpit, a 17 foot 18-karat-gold cross, and an outdoor movie screen for “drive-in” worshippers. This only scratches the surface of what this building has.
We put so much money into buildings these days. We seem to have this philosophy that says, “If we build it, they will come.” And boy, not only do we build it, but we build it big and spend lots of money on it.
Just a reminder…
- Jesus doesn’t care what the color of the carpet is in your building.
- Jesus doesn’t care if the pews are padded or not.
- Jesus isn’t concerned about paint colors or stained glass windows.
- Jesus IS concerned about people.
I don’t know what Jesus would think about our multimillion dollar buildings, but I have my ideas. I think he might just be more comfortable worshipping out in the church parking lot or in a field across the street. Who knows what would happen if Jesus visited our big fancy buildings today. I can see him chasing kids though the auditorium, washing dirty feet in water fountains, tearing holes in the roofs to get the crippled people in, feeding the homeless out of the refrigerator in the fellowship hall, inviting kids to swim in baptisteries and flipping over cash registers in the bookstores. At this point I can see a deacon running up to Jesus scolding him, “Jesus! What are you doing? Were you born in a barn?” And Jesus would say, “Yes, actually I was!”
I pray that our churches would not be defined by their locations, buildings or budgets, but by their love for lost people.