And Jesus said, “Build some very nice buildings. Keep them Levitically clean. If anyone messes up your buildings scold them and restrict them from being in the building for ten years. Nothing is more important than building, maintaining and protecting God’s house.” (Goofed-up Bible, Mark 38:1-3)
Why are churches horrible stewards of their buildings and property? I’ll tell you why. Because the control freaks in churches have a Fort Knox mentality and for them the worst thing that can happen is for something on the property or in the buildings to get messed up. That’s a really messed up view of church and Jesus, isn’t it! Why do we let it happen? Why do we worship our property and buildings as if we are worshipping God?
Why are so many church buildings way under utilized during the week? Why is a church’s property not utilized to feed or house the poor? I know you don’t have a lot of time to think about these questions or act upon them. It takes a lot of time to take care of your church buildings and property.
And God forbid the church have some headaches trying to follow Jesus. The church has a lot of headaches, just not the right kind of headaches, headaches from trying to make the world a better place, headaches from long term relationships with those in a ditch, and headaches from full incorporation of them into the church as equals and teachers of the gospel.
My oldest brother is a clergyperson too. He is the Pastor of McGill Baptist Church in Concord, North Carolina. McGill is using its land to feed the poor. They also, among other things, let a Jewish synagogue use their building free of charge.
If they keep it up we are going to have to start calling McGill something other than a church. They aren’t acting like the typical church. Thank God!