By Shamini Narayanan
A Church that lacks compassion is just a country club that meets on Sunday
It is with a certain amount of sadness, this writer wishes to bring your attention to something happening more and more in our churches every day. We as a body of Christ have lost the compassion that Christ has given us as believers that should set us apart from the world.
Today we find the church is more interested in bigger and more luxurious surroundings to attract more people and thus more money in tithes & offerings.
Folks, there is a group of people that would not fit into our rich mega churches and our well-dressed Sunday crowd. They are the hungry, the destitute, the junkie, the prostitute, the lost and the depressed. They have given up hope on themselves and God looks at us as His hands and feet and His mouth to tell them with our actions and our words that there is a God that loves them.
They don’t know what it is to be sure where their next meal is coming from or if they will have a roof over their heads from the hot sun or heavy rain storm. They do not have the ability to earn a big salary with the little or no education they have had. They don’t know a genuine hug or a smile that says God loves you and I do too. Somehow and it must grieve the heart of God to see His church turn its back on the world He died for.
Fortunately, there are a few sections of the body of Christ that have started street ministries with funding from at least one Mega Church. Recently I have heard a Man of God condemning Para Church Ministries as stealing Ministry from the Church. But these Para Church Ministries are to be honored for willing to get their “ hands dirty” by going out into the streets to serve God and those who are in need. It’s easy to sit in an air conditioned building and speak against others who make you feel uncomfortable for not being willing to go out in the hot sun and heavy rain to serve God
The Street Ministry is one of the arms of Community Excel Services set to reach out to the homeless, hungry and needy by extending a hand of help and friendship. We seek to let them know that there is hope and a future for them and that God is waiting to give them a new lease of life.
Scripture References: Mathew 25:35 -36
When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.”
As the Body of Christ, we need to ask ourselves the hard question “Do we feel anything at all when we see the poor, the sick and the needy?