I know I have not posted a blog in awhile but I really have not had too much too say. But one thing I have been thinking about for sure is how churches do not reach out to their community and if they do it’s never news worthy enough to grab anyone’s attention. But what makes me think of this problem is that I really get annoyed by the fact that churches put phrases or slogans on their church sign that you can read as you drive by (and you know they got that phrase from the internet, they did not think of it). But I do not get annoyed because they have a sign its because that sign sitting on the front of their property is what most churches consider their “outreach.” You will never see them go out and bless the community with anything…ever. They expect them to just come to church and worship with them, just because they should. But this sign becomes their outreach, by putting a phrase on their church sign that says, “Try Jesus and if you don’t like him the devil will take you back.” Seriously? is that the best you can do for your community is condemn them as they drive by? You might as well hire a guy and pay him to hold a sign outside that says “you all are going to hell so don’t expect us to leave our church and do anything for you except for let you read this sign thats on our property.” That is so stupid, just absolutely stupid to think that those phrases are actually a good form of outreach or for that matter a good form of anything.
Yet when these churches see or notice another church, possibly a new church that is more vibrant and exciting than them, doing outreach to the community by giving away things or helping out in the area; that church will be the first to get angry by the fact that that church is growing from the work they put in to save people. Not only do they get angry but they will say the stuff their doing is pointless and is only enabling those people to not do anything with their lives. Really? Seriously? Just because you have not gotten outside of your four walls since your church was incepted back in 1946 does not mean that the people of your community do not need help. And if such outreach tactics are pointless than why did Jesus feed thousands of people when they came to listen to him? We put so much emphasis on the “church” part of church that we forget about the people that are outside of those Sunday morning gatherings that may not have the GAS money to get to church in these hard times. So giving away gas to a community is not only loving on them but it is also provoking them into the presence of God where the atmosphere is conducive for salvation. Which is why we have church, not so we can look like glorified hypocrites trying to reach and grasp onto an impossible holiness, but to reach the lost and show that Jesus gave it all for us so that we did not have to “kill” ourselves by trying to work towards his grace. Its free not something you have to pay for or work for.
Yet these non-outreach churches get mad about growth in other churches because of their outreach. And so there willing to fight or argue (hence why I entitled this Outreach Octagon for MMA rings) about outreach being useless for people and pointless. Well my statement to them is, “I am sorry you feel that way about helping people and your community, but do not get mad that that church has been open 4 months and done more for the community than you have done in 50 years.” That stupid sign outside your church that you think has some funny or catchy phrases is what’s stupid. Get up and do something for your community and quit expecting them to read a sign outside your church. Or expecting them to just come to your church because your there. That is absolute stupid thinking and heartless at that. Because until you show how much you care, they will never care to show up. Go do something today and help out your neighbors they are probably in need of it.