This one has been bothering me ever since yesterday morning. You have probably heard it said that “you might be the only Jesus some people will ever see“. Those words sank deep into my mind yesterday as I sat in Chicago Midway Airport.
Our flight was delayed for over an hour so the crowd at the gate was huge. The overhead TV was rolling “Good Morning America”. In between reports on the tropical storm headed for Florida, came the days news. The storm didn’t bother me. GMA didn’t bother me either. What bothered me was the report on a church that had lost a law suit to a father of a Marine killed in combat. It wasn’t the lawsuit and it wasn’t the father. It is that church that I cannot get out of my mind.
If you’re like me, you people watch when you go to large places. Airports are a really good for this. I sat there looking at the faces, wondering the stories and intrigued by how different we all are. That is when it hit me. What if Good Morning America is the only Jesus that some of these people will ever see? What if a church that claimed that “God hates fags” is the only gospel they will ever hear? What if the banners and signs of hate are the sermons and worship that will forever ring in their minds when they think of Church, Jesus, Salvation and God?
To further my point, they are claiming on their website that they “Thank God for 10.9 Million”. It is giving them the publicity to share their message. Again, is this the only Jesus or gospel that some will ever hear?
Heaven help us.