All I Can Say Is…”Wow”!

OK – I received an email from one of my covenant brothers. He asked me to post it, and I’ll honor his wishes and post exactly as he gave it to me – especially since I believe that his frustration is warranted: 


In 3 days residents of the South Metro Atlanta area will experience some historic and amazing events:

1. On Sunday February 17th Henry County will get its 1st “African American Mega Church”. The largest Edifice built on the South Side of “The ATL”
2. On Saturday February 16th The Grand Opening for this historic edifice will take place and the spiritual focus of ministry will leave Clayton County Georgia and reposition in Henry County
3. On Friday February 15th 2008 Clayton County Public Schools will be put on notice that they have until September 2008 to rectify issues on their school board or loose its accreditation.

What is wrong with this picture? Focus! When we focus our attention on the things of man and not on the things of God we loose focus on what really matters. When we become more concerned about building monuments (Not Schools) to edify the flesh and less focused on our most precious resource, children, we ultimately loose.

It is evident that Federal, State and Local Government is broke, and to a certain degree so is the Body of Christ. We have the resources to do powerful things (Raise $650k in one night). However what are we focused on? What are we doing all this stuff for – i.e. building edifices and replica Ark’s? Homes, businesses, families and yes schools are built on faith. Schools are one of 4 pillars of faith.We cannot sit by and schools suffer because we lack focus.

The mega churches of this nation have too many resources to let our children down. People can say what they want about the Catholic Church. However the Catholic Archdiocese is cash rich, fiscally sound and produces top notch scholars. What in the heck are we focused on! So I can hear the whaling now “Oh lets pray for Clayton County”. But what are we going to DO for Clayton County?James admonishes us to not just say a kind word for those in need but we should also lend a hand: “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”. (***ST NOTE***for full context read James 2:14-26). I like verse 16 “but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” What good is it that we have a brand new building to go into with a community that is suffering? So what, we look good and operate in excellence yet we own homes and businesses in a jacked up county.

Wow! What can I add to that? I heard that this church was building a replica “ark” to march into their new building and I thought to myself “that’s not biblical”. The 9th chapter of Hebrews explains the significance of the Ark and the Temple, but rendered it unnecessary when Jesus died on the cross – it is symbol worship for the sake of a religious show (Hebrews 9:2-12). If we’re building replica arks, then we should put Jesus back on the cross because His sacrifice was clearly not appreciated. 

Also, I can’t hold the Catholic Church as an example of virtue either because of their worship of saints and pope’s (I’m studying that in scripture now – more on that another time). he bottom line is this – many of you leave your communities, go out deep in the suburbs to worship in multi-million dollar facilities, have a good time for 2 hrs, then come home – driving past many of God’s people who are in need.

Maybe we should commit to tending to the needs of those in our communities before we trip over one another running to the alter to lay our last dollar at the feet of the “man of God”.

Oh well…it’s just a thought…

***As a frame of reference, here’s more on the accreditation problems of the Clayton County (GA) public school system.

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