Calling Your Bluff – You Hypocrites, Snakes, and Liars

You call yourself a church.

How can you blaspheme so easily?

Do you even know who your hero is???  What he has done???  What he calls out of you???

If you are willing to pick up a cross and follow your Lord Jesus, then why not open your guest bedroom to a homeless person tonight?

I was talking with Agent Z last night in the yard after the sun went down.  The wind was whipping the cool of Fall air across this town.  My thoughts, as usual, began reflecting on those trying to sleep in it.

I described to Z in simple terms an overarching outline of what I think the church should be doing.  I told him that I think my ideas are all debatable, IF ONLY SOMEONE WOULD LISTEN AND THEN RESPOND.  But surely, my ideas can’t be that far off the mark…

Consider this:

A church that finds the funding to build a building in which to worship, hold Bible classes, and other functions – up to and including a kitchen, dining hall, a gymnasium, and perhaps a fire-side parlor.  Surely this church aims to serve God with this STUFF, right?  To glorify God with this STUFF, right?  To honor God with this STUFF, right?  The God of Jesus who claims to be the least of his brothers, among whom are the stranger/sojourner/homeless person… right?

So, the funding was secured, the contractors built it, and come Sunday night, it all gets locked up.  But the Matthew-25 Jesus mills around just outside.

Is it not possible, even with absolutely NO miraculous intervention, for this church that can coordinate all this money and work into this fabulous facility to also open the door to the homeless at night?

Oh… there are liabilities to think about? 

Really?

For a group that follows a hero who took a Roman cross and carried it to his own execution FOR, among other things, the purpose of SAVING the world to be stumped by liabilities is laughable.  You LIARS.  You are not stopped by liabilities.  You are stopped by your own contempt.

STOP LYING!  YOU CONTEMPTUOUS LIARS!  STOP IT!  STOP IT NOW!  BEG GOD FOR FORGIVENESS FOR TAKING HIS NAME IN VAIN!

Oh… you couldn’t find volunteers to chaperone the misfits who would stay here? 

Really?

For a group that follows a hero who took a Roman cross and carried it to his own execution FOR, among other things, the purpose of SAVING the world to be stumped by staffing problems is laughable.  You LIARS.  You have at least two Christian universities in this town full of young people itching to volunteer for adventurous ministry, and you are stopped by staffing problems?  No.  You are stopped by your own contempt.

STOP LYING!  YOU CONTEMPTUOUS LIARS!  STOP IT!  STOP IT NOW!  BEG GOD FOR FORGIVENESS FOR TAKING HIS NAME IN VAIN!

Oh… you think Tent City and the other homeless outreach ministries in this town have it all covered already, so you need not bother? 

Really?

You drive by homeless people on your way to church every Sunday, see their stories in the newspapers every week, and you went down to Tent City to spend a night or two with the Matthew-25 Jesus to see for yourself?  You think that when there was no room for the Baby Jesus at the inn in Bethlehem, that barns and mangers are acceptable for him now too?

Then why do you build such a fine facility for your rich, white butt to sit in and sip latte’s on Sunday morning?  Is your best just a little too good for the Matthew-25 Jesus, but not for yourself?

No wonder you don’t read here.  If you did, you would have to consider the fact that your bluff is called.  You are a hypocrite, a snake, and a blasphemous liar.  And unrepentant too.

Wow!  I fear for you.

But, like I said, I am sure my thoughts are debatable.  If only someone would listen and respond.

4 comments

  1. T. F. Thompson · October 21, 2017

    Makes you wonder: why did they build the church? Is the ‘church’ for Christ or is it for us? I wonder about this and still wonder more why they bother causing themselves the church in particular, when they are referring to a building. I may be wrong, but weren’t the common people NOT allowed to go inside the temple because they were considered defiled? And wasn’t this why Jesus railed against them as the rich were accept and the so-called high priests the ones on the top, high were common folks literally had to look up to the priests. And finally, if I remember correctly Jesus was all kinds of bent out of shape at them for they were the snakes and vipers of the time. I believe this is the way it was if I am correct in what I remember.

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  2. LoiterLarry · October 22, 2017

    Okay, X, you I slept on this one and now I am back to say something.

    Don’t you think you come in a little to hot on this one? “You blasphemous liars” is not a way to win friends and influence people. You are swinging a stick around like a mad man, don’t you think?

    You have my complete sympathy. I am with you, but I just wonder if this harsh kind of confrontation is helpful or useful.

    Of course, though, I think you are right.

    I just sounds like you are hell bent on being hell bent.

    Hope it works.

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    • Agent X · October 22, 2017

      Thanx for responding Larry.

      The ol’ sugar vs. stick thing.

      Let me ask you this:

      When Jesus called a bunch of Pharisees “hypocrites” and “snakes” and “blasphemous”, was he successful? Did he win friends and influence people?

      Kinda throws a wrench in Dale Carnegie’s works, you think?

      I am gonna have to go with – YES. He was successful.

      And guess what? When these hypocrites calling themselves a church go sleep out there in that cold wind this winter in front of their own locked up church house, then I will shut up about it.

      Wont make it right, but I will shut up about it.

      But if I were a betting man, I would bet the farm that just one night in the cold out front of that locked up church, and that pastor/deacon/board member is gonna have a different idea about locking that door. So, I really don’t think it will turn out that way. I think the stakes of the challenge are so high that this “church” better ignore me for all they are worth, because if they take me seriously, then they will have to repent.

      But of course, I am open to the debate.

      But then again, where are the debaters???

      Yeah, that’s what I thought.

      That cold wind is unrelenting all night long. It is a hostile wind chilling to the bone. And that pastor can argue with that, I guess. I promise, I am a lot more gentle!

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  3. Debi · October 24, 2017

    LoiterLarry, I think Agent X *was* hell bent on being hell bent (love that, by the way). And in this case, I think that is all kinds of appropriate.

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