SALVATION FOR SALE - CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
The word Christian was first used in the Book of Acts 11: 26 as result the ways and manners the disciplines conducted themselves at Antioch. There was foretold there will be a great famine all over the world by disciple called Agabus. The scripture made clear that the disciple determined, every one according to his ability to send relief to Judea community
The church has vital roles in reaching out to our communities through either mercy, compassion ministry, where really needy can go and find hope, courage, bears in mind there are groups that have compassion for them in the complex world hopeless they think they live.
Comparing the church as it was in the Book of Acts and church in the 21st century, the church has not done enough. However, there are very few churches that open their doors for the needy and provide for food, clothing, reach out the homeless , go on mission oversea as a team comprising of medical doctors, Nurses, and health care workers. Examples are medical doctors, nurses, and health that have been in Liberia before the outbreak Ebola Virus.
Wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," He said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
What sense does it make? It is never heard of that church would invited thousands of convert for all night prayer and not providing good and decent restrooms (Toilets) for everybody use., rather congregations pay to use the restroom, sometimes toll collector will deliberately tell you there is change when you have large bills. Biological make up of man create an urge to use the restroom and the church leaders does not consider it wrong. Consider the multitude and how much that generate every month RIPPLE OFF. Church High schools and Universities are out of reach to common man. Salvation is for sale in Nigeria, everyone is either pastor or an evangelist. We should not forget Apostle Paul letter to the Corinthians. 1st Corinthians 12 teaches about different spiritual gifts. I know of a mega church with branches in every street and pastor promotion depends how much you honorarium you give out to the pastor who is in charge of your area. It is really sad situation. In addition, pastors lobby for branches with high congregations’.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." Kahlil Gibran
The church should give itself to the community and make a great visible impact in the of people that will illustrate the quote above by Kahlil Gibran