While thinking about what another sidewalk counselor said about the empty sidewalk, I came across this:
“Teach me to to suffer, Lord, rather than let me sin to escape suffering.” ~ Rolley Haggard
Spoke volumes. Way too many Christians want to escape suffering, to hide from it. Christ suffered, but a lot of Christians have no intention of suffering for the cause of Christ.
Indeed, there is a remnant within the remnant:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
My dear Christian, you have NO excuse. NONE.
While at my ordination, I mentioned that our ministry is a Prolife Missionary Ministry. I got the ‘huh’ look and said that I witness on the sidewalk of abortion facilities and speak for the unborn at the statehouse, town square and churches. Instead of someone saying “What can I do” or “How can I help” or “Can you tell my church about this”, I received the pre-recorded “Thank you for what you do”. Dismal, just dismal. All of these Pastors and their wives practically ignored me because this ministry isn’t in a climate controlled church, thus has no value: “Teach me to to suffer, Lord, rather than let me sin to escape suffering.”
“…Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.” 1Timothy 6:20-21
My dear Pastor, YOU are not your own, mimicking patterned services with little to do with outreach ministries is NOT what church is. Further, if you think church is a building, then you don’t know your Bible OR Jesus.
“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col 1:18
Empty sidewalk, FULL pews, FULL lot. Every car in the lot of the abortion facility represents a life lost THAT DAY.
‘Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.’ [Matthew 19:13-15]