We have always been a religious community and the majority of us believe in God. We are so religious that within a few yards radius we have at least five churches, but are we better off religiously than we were thirty years ago when there was only one church in the community? Have there been any positive changes that came about as a result of the proliferation of churches in our midst? The evidence would suggest otherwise.
As a community we are more separated and segregated, both socially and religiously, than we have ever been. One would think that with the growing numbers of churches that there would be more Christian people, more social acceptance of our differences, some outreach programs, greater unity and less back biting, enviousness and running against. It seems like what we have is the opposite.
There is separation of the churches and people, separation of the churches from the social issues that affect our community; which leads to the question of whether or not the churches are doing what they should be doing socially and religiously? If not, we urge the churches to get involved with the social, educational and economic issues affecting our community; for without a community the churches will cease to exist.
The church has always had great influence in the community as a whole and is considered the moral compass of our society and as such it should set an example for the community to follow. A good start would be to show love as Jesus did when he was on Earth; love to the children, the elderly and the sinners alike. The greatest thing that God has given to us is love and if we share it, all else will fall in place. And the word of God says: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12,
It would be irresponsible to place the blame for all the ailments affecting our community on the church and its leaders. However, it is justifiable to believe that the church, as the moral compass and spiritual guide of our society has lost its place and is not blameless for some of the issues affecting the community to which it renders special guidance.
There is an urgent need for the church leaders and its members to unite their prayers and effort to help bring positive changes to their community. The responsibility of the church lies further that opening its door on Sunday and belting our bible words that mean little to a community that is hungry; not just for physical food, but for spiritual food from the hands of leaders who are trustworthy and a church whose hand extends further than the four wall that keeps it separated from the outside world that needs its guidance and blessing more than ever.
The word of the Lord says: what good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have work? Can faith save him? If a brother and sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “ Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So all faith by itself, if it does not have work, is dead.
Should the leaders of the churches look out their window they will see a lost generation, a community that has lost its hope and faith, a community that is slowly dying both spiritual and economically. Through the same window they can see great potential in the young children, yearning in the eyes of youth and resolve in the faces of the elderly. There is a great opportunity for the churches to unite and spread God’s words and share his love with a community that is in great need and help secure the future of a fading generation.
Breaking of from a church and building another one does not meet the spiritual need of a community. Encapsulating the church in a small space within the community, does not provide the guidance lacking in its people. Quarreling within the churches and its member sends a wrong message to the world. Closing of the eyes to the issues affecting the community and beautifying the outward appearance of the church is fruitless work. Sharing God’s love and kindness is fruitful work.
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