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Here is an interesting thought: Why is it that around every corner from Ninevah to Stringtown from North Anderson to South Anderson there are church buildings?
When I say buildings, I mean mega, multimillion dollar church buildings. Some right on top of one another. Best selling author David Platt in his book, Radical Together, says, “Why would we spend an inordinate amount of our resources on something that is never prescribed or even encouraged in the New Testament?
“Why would we not instead use those resources on that which is explicitly promoted in the New Testament, such as sharing the gospel with the lost of helping the poor in the church?”
He kind of does have a good point, doesn’t he?
Who do these giant buildings truly honor? Man or God?
I am not saying that having a church building is inherently wrong. But I am saying the focus on local mega buildings vs. helping the approximate 12 million people in Africa who are facing starvation is a bit of a quandary, isn’t it?
Would Christ say focus your money and time on multi-storied facilities with the finest amenities to comfort and entertain yourselves, and forget about the millions of our brothers and sisters living in poverty all over the world?
Platt goes on to say, “We organize our churches as if God exists to meet our needs, cater to our comforts, and appeal to our preferences. Discussions in the church more often revolve around what we want than what he wills. Almost unknowingly, the church becomes a means of self entertainment and a monument to self sufficiency.”
What if instead of spending $5 million on that fancy new sanctuary or $100K to tear down an adjacent building, the church sent its money to India where millions of people have never heard the name of Christ?
Jess Thompson is a guest columnist for The Anderson News.