As I write this, it’s a Friday morning.
Our county schools have canceled in-person instruction (all remote learning today) because they are concerned about their teachers and students being able to get to school.
From their statement:
“Due to the impact of the gas shortage on staffing availability and student transportation,“
(North Carolina is currently experiencing gas shortages.)
Yet, many churches did not cancel in- person services on Wednesday night.
Now… look at this through the lens of an unsaved/unchurched person.
Unsaved people typically reach a place of need, a place where they feel empty, or alone. It can be minor or major, but it’s there – the hole in their hearts where Jesus should be.
We, church people, scream from the rooftops, “you need Jesus!” It’s true. They do.
Now let’s jump back to current events.
There are people anxious, maybe scared.
Heck, if I didn’t have Jesus + church people in my life I would be anxious and scared. I’m calculating the number of trips I have to take over the next few days and seeing closed gas pumps… and so there are granola bars, bottled water, blankets, and blood pressure meds in my car. Don’t think I’m kidding.
So we’ve got nervous, anxious, and scared unchurched people.
And our county school system canceled in-person instruction because they are concerned for their staff and parents of students.
Churches had the chance to lead the way on this on Wednesday night. They didn’t.
24 hours later, our county school system showed more care & concern for people than churches.
Think about what that communicates to the non-Christian. (We’re still looking through that lens.)
They’ve just been told the government cares about them more than a church does.
Why would they ever need or want a church? Why would they ever need or want a church family? Why would they ever need or want a relationship with Jesus?
This is the real battle we’re fighting, Christians, and if we don’t jump out ahead of it, we’re going to lose.
Or maybe we already have.