So I'm driving through Florence to pick up someone for youth group and there's a group of kids (12 or 13 at the oldest) standing on the side walk with Colt 45's (the beer, not the guns) and paper bag full of beer. that's crazy. what are we going to do "christian community". 12 year old kids have nothing better to do on Friday night but get drunk. I know, let's meet together on Sunday, sing 3 songs, listen to a message and change nothing, we're good at that...
Seriously, I mean I just drove by and I'm supposed to be a youth pastor... what are we going to do. Jesus is pissed at my lukewarmness, I'm sure of it, I mean I know he still loves me but I think he's pissed I didn't do anything, I didn't even stop and invite them to youth group. I think if he was there in the flesh, I would have got the "get behind me Satan" statement that Peter got.
I think he'd be pissed if he'd come back last weekend and to find we (the church) are not doing anything to impact the people around us. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but not a big one. In Darren Patrick's book "Church Planter" he asks the reader/leader to ask the question, would your community weep if your church wasn't there? The answer for us in no. I am not sure if the community knows we are there.
I am sure that Jesus is changing our church, I'm sure he's changing the people in our church. How do we take what he's doing in us out to everyone else?
Sorry, I usually try to share some spiritual insight, or at least a semi-funny metaphor in my blog but I've got nothing for this one, I'm a little at a loss for what to do? Feedback please!