Isn’t it lovely to walk into a nice, tidy church, smelling of fresh polish, and the hint of flowers, and all the people who come are nice and clean, with tidy lives and happy families… Mmmm…life isn’t always like that. Depending on the area, and the welcome afforded, some churches have people with the messiest lives, who need to pop out halfway through the service for a quick drag, whose families are mix-and-match, with some serious relationship, drink and debt issues. Can be a bit overwhelming.
When Lot saw the 2 angels arriving in Sodom, in Genesis 19 v 1 – 3, he was insistent that they took refuge at his house. He was fearful at the thought of what the inhabitants of the city would do to them, if they stayed out on the street. In actual fact, he should have been more in fear of what the angels would do to the citizens of Sodom when they ascertained the full story.
Recently we watched a ‘Transformations’ video – where some of the worst crime areas have been totally changed by the power of the Holy Spirit, through praying people. So here’s the point: why are we as a Church, intimidated by the evil that surrounds us? The power of God far surpasses anything man can do. Lot observed in full technicolour that power unleashed when there was no repentence, and the towns in the video stand witness to that power unleashed when there is repentence. Our God is an awsome God! We don’t have to protect him from people – however evil they may be!
So let’s praise God when church gets messy, when life’s ‘odd-bods’ infiltrate our tidy pews, when ladies need to keep their handbags close to them, and the church porch whiffs of tobacco smoke and worse… At least when folk are coming into church, there is a chance of repentance and transformation. That’s a whole lot pleasanter than a downpour of suphur and ash!