"It's hard to get in the door" is a series of posts illustrating why those searching for Christ often have a hard time accepting the church. If you have been raised in the church, try imagining what this piece would look like if you had grown up in a world without it. If you are unfamiliar with the culture of church, this will probably seem pretty absurd. All comments are welcome!
Pastor James reminded me of how wealthy I am when he sent me the link below. Maybe one of the reasons people despise the American church so much is because of the way we who are in it use our money. What signal do we send when the most expensive building on our church campus (often a multi-million dollar building) is used only a couple of hours a week? In general, churches lock up their buildings and protect their property, secluding themselves from the world. I love the "open door" policy of the Catholic church: always open for prayer, meditation and rest, a true "sanctuary."
What message do we send when we are the richest Christians on the planet, but at the same time the most self-indulgent? Poor believers in India ask, "How can you call yourself a Christian when you have so much money?"
If you want to find out just how contradictory a theology of love is with the lifestyle you live click here. I'm guilty. No wonder so many are skeptical of our God.
Update: I just found a relevant newspaper article this morning. Click here to read about the Long Beach church (just outside of Orange County) that is being fined by the city for sheltering homeless people. "It's hard to get in the door...."