I spent the weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama. I haven’t been all over the globe but, so far, Orange Beach is one of my favorite places to relax and unwind.
There is something about the water. I feel closer to God when I am near the sea.
This was a very short trip. I arrived Friday night and returned home Sunday evening. It wasn’t as relaxing as a longer trip might have been but I returned grateful none-the-less.
On the drive home, I got stopped in traffic a few times between Prattville and Birmingham. I sat for a few minutes looking at a sign in a field which says “Go to church or the devil will get you.” The sign has been there as long as I can remember. It’s quaint, but a bit misguided.
The church cannot save your soul. Going to church is a good habit, but it is not the key to your salvation. C.S. Lewis wrote that the church can be one of the devil’s greatest allies. Many churches have become places to be seen in the community. Some have become fashion shows and others have become entertainment.
Church is not:
• A motivational speaker
• Fear and hate
• A building
• A concert
• A ritual
• A fashion show
• Fire insurance
Church, when expressed in the proper language, should be a verb. You are the church so you should BE the church. If you are not reaching out to the community and helping those in need, you are not a church.
I appreciate the sincerity of the message and I hope that everyone who sees it can experience real church in their lives.