A big brick building partially complete. I saw it across the street at an intersection. Brightly colored banners advertised the coming sensation. This great wonder of the world would be ready for open doors in the fall of 2016! OH BOY!
Fun, education, community, love, entertainment and activities. Are you ready for this folks? It’s going to be what they’ll call a church.
No more need to be ashamed of Jesus. A place where you’ll be proud to bring your friends. They might even supply a pool hall in the basement (Maybe, possibly, likely).
No need to suffer for the name of Christ. Lots of food. Lots of laughter. Beautiful people everywhere. Amazing music. Dazzling light show during the sermon. Lots of pictures to look at. No doubt they’ll be recruiting actors. (Understand the meaning of the word actor)
As I saw it, and thought about it, I realized that somewhere in the world someone was being beheaded for Christ. A church building was still smoldering. Someone was being driven out of the city because they were Christian. Someone was beaten nearly to death for their love of Christ. Someone was starving in a putrid cell. Someone was crying wrenching tears because their child had been taken from them. And all this for the name of Jesus.
And you want to build an entertainment center?
The still small Voice reminded me that such men will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those Christians of the first-century. They will need to explain why they turned the blood of their Christian Brothers into a circus.
And you want to entertain them into Christ? Is that right?
“There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.” (Hebrews chapter 11)