Church or Tomb?

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I saw an amazing portrayal of a section of scripture this evening in Paris.  In Matthew 23:27 we read…

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!   For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

This is a truly beautiful church.  It sits up on one of the highest points in Paris where it can be seen from almost any point in the city.  Tonight after we had dinner we walked by this church and there were young people all around it.  Although its dark, can you see all the people sitting on the stairs leading up to the church?  Almost seems to a person that they were completely high our drunk.  There were that many more below us on a lower set of stairs.

It seems that this is their nightly pattern.  They come for the view of the city and sit on the steps of the church and drink and smoke things that make them feel good for a while.  Oh how I wished that this were my church to pastor.  The reality however is that the doors to this church are closed and locked.  It’s beautiful on the outside, but there is no life, it’s just a shell that looks good.

If we are not careful we can become just like that.  Looking good on the outside and yet having no impact on the world around us to such a degree that the world is destroying themselves within the shadow of our lives and yet they remain unaffected. 

Let’s not be a tomb and if we have been, let’s be the one that Jesus comes out of… and be transformed from death unto life!


2 thoughts on “Church or Tomb?

    Greg Bock said:
    September 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    WOW! Thanks for the reminder, Pastor Roy!

    Miriam Lozano said:
    September 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Pastor, this post made me cry. So much of this is going on even in our backyards, it is frightening. As you said yesterday, we must be careful that we don/t become like them.

    We miss you. Come back soon.

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