I found a new church in Lubbock that seems to take following Jesus and loving one another to radical extremes. I don’t personally know any of the members, but I looked at their literature, and they are not at all the usual kind.
We have one church here in town that actually calls itself “Church without Religion”. Perhaps you need a decoder ring for that. I am not sure what they mean by “religion”, but I find it highly suspicious that they think they can do without it. The Apostle James tells us that “religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27). He goes on from there to talk about not showing partiality to the rich while marginalizing the poor, so I am suspicious of any church that is so eager to jettison religion. And anyway, I wonder why they don’t say something about what they are with rather than what they are without. To be fair, I have never visited that church, so maybe their name just betrays them, but it is a strange name to say the least.
We have another church nearby that boasts that blue-jeans are their “church clothes” right on the sign that tells you who they are. We could say all kinds of things about what to wear (or not) to church, and maybe, just maybe, some if it would matter. But probably not. Not really. But I guess if blue-jeans are just that radically important to you, then you should go to that church. No mention of Jesus there, but you will fit in, I suppose, if you wear blue-jeans.
We also have Biker Church, Cowboy Church, and even Gay Church. Apparently they are so cued in on making their own kind fit in that they separate themselves into these little enclaves like cliques in a high school cafeteria. Don’t get me wrong here; I am all in favor of bikers, cowboys, gays, even truckers, Indians, and the rich going to church, but the whole idea, I think, is that they go to the same church together with grannies, blacks, crippled, young, old, single, married, and even polka dotted people too – as long as they worship Jesus and strive in all honesty to serve him.
So what about this new church? What makes it special? What makes it interesting and attractive?
(Glad you asked.)
Well, their literature says they devote themselves to the Apostles teaching, to fellowship, and prayers. They claim that awe comes upon every soul there, and that many signs and wonders are done among them. They claim to hold all their possessions in common, even selling all they own and distributing their wealth to all who are in need so that none of them lacks anything! And EVERY DAY they go to worship together, and they eat in each others homes and receive their food with glad and charitable hearts while praising God.
Sound interesting? Think you might want to join that one?
Yeah, I found it right here in Lubbock.
Let me clarify. That sounds a bit misleading, I suppose.
The actual church is located in Jerusalem right after that ascension of Christ. But I found them on the pages of Acts chapter 2 while I was sitting and reading their literature here in Lubbock. Yeah. I found them right here in Lubbock, but only in the literature. I did not find the actually people claiming to be the church and claiming these kinds of activities and experiences.
But I wish I had.
Would you want to join that church?
Would you belong to that church?
And if it were found here in Lubbock, do you think the care a homeless man receives at a 7-11 would outshine the care he would find in that church???