Bad times are good for evangelical churches.
“It’s a wonderful time, a great evangelistic opportunity for us,” said the Rev. A. R. Bernard, founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York’s largest evangelical congregation, where regulars are arriving earlier to get a seat. “When people are shaken to the core, it can open doors.”
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I am writing this post for the second time. The first time was cynical and dripping with sarcasm. So this time, I’m going to be nice and non-hypocritical.
Now is a great opportunity to share the love of Christ with someone. It is during these times of need and uncertainty that people are searching for answers to their problems. We are not to judge them, but to love them. Too often my perception of someone coming into the church, after their experience with a difficult time, (whether it be the loss of a job, home, loved one or the diagnosis of some illness or disease) is to judge them and harbor feelings of contention against them because “They’re only going to be here until their situation is over!”
Excuse me while I remove this mighty oak from my eye. How many times have I called on God in my time of need, only to return to what I wanted to do when situations perked up? How many times have I went to the altar and left “it” before the Lord, only to walk out the door and struggle with “it” for the thirteenth hundred time.
Are all who are coming into the church coming because they made a deal with God? Or is their desire to grow closer to Him legitimate? Who cares! It is not our concern to wonder if the people who come into our church are there legitimately or out of selfish desire. We need to concern ourselves with the faithful teaching and preaching of God’s word and His gospel message. God is actively working in the hearts of men and women regardless of what you and I think. Thankfully, while he is working on them, He is actively working on mine as well.