This church in this video is just down the road from us in Fort Worth. The senior minister grew up at RHCC, and his parents still go here. He’s a godly guy and this is a great church.
What strikes me as interesting about this “news event” is that this isn’t particularly newsworthy stuff. It’s just the church being who she has always been called to be. I am extremely glad that CrossTimbers was in the News for this, I’m happy that some people with religious angst might have a fresh perspective on the mission of a Jesus community.
But I do think this is telling about churches. We live in a world where what it means to be church can be so misconstrued. The world has heard so many different messages, sometimes (maybe more often than not) we are seen as people who are asking for money, not giving it away.
In James 1, there is a beautiful Scripture about what pure and undefiled religion actually is. James’ says that this kind of religion is to look after the orphans and widows, and keep ourselves undefiled by the world.
But in the original Greek language James’ doesn’t say the word And. He just says look after the orphans and widows, keeping yourselves undefiled by the world.
It’s like the way that the church is different than the world is how we view our resources. The way we are holy is by who we look after. We are called to care for those that other may forget, because we follow one who thinks they are important. Our resources are not our own, they are for blessing the world.
And when the church does that, even CNN thinks she’s beautiful.
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