I recently posted a message declaring that I have made the message plain, simple, and loud enough that there is no excuse. I said your heart is just so hard, and that is the only explanation at this point that the message I bring is not heeded.
And honestly, I believe that still. But just to cover all the bases. Just to make double sure, in case I failed the mission and just don’t recognize it… let me try this angle:
In reading the Gospels, it is abundantly clear many times over that when God comes into his creation via this Prophet Jesus (Joshua) of Nazareth, very quickly we see the poor, the lame, the blind, the lonely and broken people, the sinners and lepers following him, clinging to him, even mobbing him every where he goes. This is a standard feature of God’s presence in Galilee and Judea leading up to Jesus’ (Joshua) of Nazareth’s arrest.
Basically, the poor he always has with him!
This is such a profound feature of God’s presence in the world that absolutely no serious reader of the Gospels misses it. None. Every last one of them – the honest readers with even a shred of sincerity – sees it just as clearly as the nose on your face!
If this is true of God in the world, especially God as expressed through Jesus (Joshua) of Nazareth, then why is it so lacking in the assembly I assemble with which calls itself “the Body of Christ”? Why are the poor and homeless, lame and blind, lonely and broken not jamming our doors at our assembly everyday so much that there is not even room inside to eat? (See Mark 2:2 and 6:31 for instance.)
If we are the Body of Christ, indwelt with the same Holy Spirit as Jesus, then why is this elephant not in our room?
It is the sound of the dog that did not bark, I think. It goes so easily unnoticed. But I have pointed it out to you now…
But maybe I failed to before.