Christianity Johnson on 15 Jul 2008 11:26 pm
A tramp walks into a church, and guess what happens. The congregation, in large part, rejects him.
From the article:
Now, I understood that some of the congregation would be concerned for their personal safety issue when a tramp tried to enter the church, but surely distant concern would have been preferable to a look of condemnation, and a spirit of acceptance – if only conditional – to an attempt to erase all signs of my presence with bleach. Getting into the church proved much more difficult than I anticipated. Those on “welcome” duty looked daggers at me and sent me scurrying away in an efforts to protect their cars from a man who was clearly trying to steal them, even if he couldn’t stand upright for long.
The joke is that the “tramp” is actually the church’s minister in disguise.
This article contains a photo and a video:
These are the folks who “follow Jesus” and go to church each Sunday to connect with Jesus at a “spiritual level.” Apparently that isn’t what church is all about.
Just think about it. If the members of any church were to consider the church building for more than 15 seconds, they would reject the church. Jesus never said, “hey, you should get a mortgage, purchase land, build a large building and then come to that building once a week.” Jesus said you should sell everything, give the money to the poor and follow him. See this article for details:
What are Christians supposed to be doing? In 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, Christians are supposed to “aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” In Acts 2:44-45, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.”
This tramp experiment is reminiscent of the Samaritan experiment described here:
Most Christians failed this test as well.
Why do most Christians go to church each Sunday? If it had anything to do with following Jesus, then Christians would pass these kinds of tests with flying colors. Instead, they fail. That happens because “church” is a giant social club that has little to do with the teachings of the Bible. If it had to do with the teachings of the Bible, the church would not exist.