Thursday, September 03, 2009

What churchmen ought to be about.

I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad, so cosmopolitan they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek...at the kind of a place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died for. And that is what He died about. That is where church-men ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.

George MacLeod

3 comments:

Jonathan said...

Don't see too many Christians at the bar having a drink and a smoke, witnessing their heart out, loving their neighbors and their enemies. Are we too afraid of what others will think? Are we too good to visit the slums? Are we too afraid of the response and the questions we don't know how to answer?

If I had just one chance to cast my net, shouldn't I do it where it will have the greatest possible bounty?

Why are we so comfortable perfecting Christianity by nit-picking each others doctrinal beliefs as opposed to spreading Christianity through good old-fashioned gospel evangelism?

Jesus was not of this world, but He was IN THIS WORLD.

Steve said...

That is the great thing about the freedom that Christ has won for us...we can do His work wherever we happen to be.

Jason said...

Good content, guys. Keep it up.