*By Jonathan Merritt In 2010, Barna Group released a poll indicating that 4 out of 10 non-church Americans claim they do not attend due to negative experiences with churches or congregants. Seven years later, I doubt the numbers have improved. Countless Americans have been hurt by a church’s negative teachings, oppressive policies, immoral leaders, rigid expectations and misbehaving … Continue reading Hurt by the Church? It’s Time to Talk About It.
We must not stop doing the necessary and much needed work of charity, but we also must not stop there. We must push on, risking ourselves, risking ridicule, risking our places of privilege, and reclaim the biblical and prophetic voice of justice. We must stand in the footsteps of the likes of Dr. King, Dorothea Day, and Gandhi for without justice, charity falls short.
Because, you see, charity and justice? They are a matched set. It is time to let justice roll.
The church has an opportunity to really make a difference in our lives but sadly, that isn't happening. It's not an easy task, but I believe it is what Jesus would do. Many times churches invest all their energy and time on evangelism, which is important, but fail to see the hurting people right in front of them. A lot of churches begin the new year with fasting and prayer. They're asking God to give them direction and vision for the future. Maybe it's already there just waiting for you to open your eyes and do something. Maybe you're on the verge of walking past the Wounded Warrior as you travel the road to Jericho. Maybe it's time to take the parable of the Good Samaritan seriously...