I hope to see you in church on Sunday. There is nothing wrong with gathering in our building with other people and being part of a worshiping community. This is the right place to be to find others who are seeking to grow closer to God; this is the right place to be to find real, authentic community. But if I can be honest with you, the building is not the point.
What happens in our building is important but it is not the only thing that matters. We can spend all morning in our building listening to inspiring music and enduring a sermon, but there is more to it than Sunday morning and the building. You see, for many of us, too often we leave the building the same way we came in. We go back to our lives as they were and end up doing little, if anything, to change the world outside our building. And that makes my heart break.
My heart breaks because while we are inside our building, there are people outside our building who are hungry, hurting or terrified. There are people outside our walls that feel invisible, that are hanging on by a thread or whose world is falling apart. And unless we live our lives like we profess to believe, those people outside the building won’t care about what we do inside our building.
The people outside are looking for compassion and peace and hope; they’re waiting for someone to see them and let them know that their lives matter. They’re outside our building and they need us to take something from our building, meet them where they are and show them what love looks like.
I once heard it put like this: That building isn’t supposed to be a landing pad, it’s supposed to be a launching pad. It is supposed to be what propels you to go and be the radical, counterintuitive love you are called to be on the planet.
Maybe this is what Jesus meant when He said, So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12). Now this would make the Sermon on the Mount truly revolutionary!!