Today I have been a part of the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas. The fact that our world even needs a conference like this sickens, yet the army of people here (over 3,500) shows me the fight is raging. Some may say ‘the world is just going straight to hell’ – the people here want to see that evil will not win.
What surprised me about today, though, was the quality of the preaching – not brought by any preachers. For instance, today;
I heard FBI Director James Comey quote, as a motto for law enforcement, John Wesley, Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
I heard a District Attorney echo John 1:4-5 when he said – There is light in all humankind. We hold a light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
I heard a Las Vegas Police Detective tell hundreds to listen to the stories of prostitutes because they were worth saving. In my mind came John 8 when an angry crowd brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and he responded with compassion.
Each of these moments was intense, emotional, convicting.
So I asked – why does Jesus’ message sometimes seem sharper outside the church than inside?
Since this is a blog, let’s float an answer or two and please comment and add your voice.
– Every worship service and all preaching has a moment. Every believer has to make an effort every week to find the edge in every message.
– Much of Christian preaching is very safe. There is very little said that hits evil head on – in stark contrast to how Jesus spoke.
– Church has outsourced its mission. Nonprofits rescue the hungry, poor, and homeless – giving nonprofits Jesus’ edge and less so the church.
– Individual salvation is preached perhaps too much, and the Kingdom of God too little. Jesus came to save us and the world.
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. – Matthew 10:34
And if His words cut a little, it is because they should.
(thank you for reading, if you found Jesus in this please share)