BUILDING BUILDINGS OR BUILDING PEOPLE ?
Many churches are focused on souls and winning souls and filling buildings and paying for new buildings and bigger buildings and better buildings, but if one of those souls “fall in sin” they are not pursued with the same enthusiasm to restore them and love them back to life, as they were, sadly, when they were becoming another added number to the church. There is something wrong with that picture: We don’t see Jesus in it!
The leader who has a heart for the Kingdom has to ask, “Will I help people even if it hurts my organization?” That is a tough question for any leader. Jesus no doubt dealt with this issue. Once, a man who was suspected of extreme racism began to attend our church.
This was about 25 yrs ago when he offered us R30k which was a huge amount of money back then in 1987, (our second year in ministry) if we would not allow black people in our church, we could not deny the truth and rejected the offer and told him he would have to find another church where that kind of manipulation would be tolerated, but we where not the church for him, it cost us some church members too.
Our church was one of the first integrated churches in our city. We had a multi racial staff and leadership team. And We performed integrated marriages in our city. Many would have warned against it, being sure it would hurt our church. In fact many churches refused to perform interracial marriages for that very reason. They were afraid of losing big givers. But what did the Kingdom gain? What was modeled to the world and our church about the Kingdom of God? There was no difference between what We have faced through the years in ministry and what Jesus faced for preaching to the Samaritans.
Is it possible?
Can I do it?