I attend a phenomenally great church.  I love everyone there and we are one big happy family.  Like any family, we worry about each other and we have fun together.  Each day we are reminded of the blessings that God has given us in this church community, and we are thankful.  We know that we have many people holding us up to God in prayer daily.  Also like a family, we sometimes disagree.  Some people find the differences to be too much so they leave to find a church that leans more towards their personal moral compass.  Some come back, others do not.  This does not mean that they have left our little family.  Each person leaves their mark on the heart of this church.  We speak of them often and we reach out to them to let them know that we still love and care for them.  We still include them in our thoughts and in our prayers daily.

That being said, there are no perfect Christians.  There is no perfect pastor and there is no perfect church.  Even in God’s house, we find that there is still so much to be done to walk that walk that we all know we need to walk.  Some think that the façade of the “Sunday Morning Christian” cannot be seen through.  Unfortunately they are mistaken.  God sees when you roll your eyes as you see something or someone who doesn’t fit your image of the church.  He hears your thoughts as you question God and his judgment that brought the homeless man to the doors of his house.  He hears when you go home and have that conversation away from the ears of your church family.  And he also hears when you smile and shake hands as your thoughts turn to disgust.

To think that God is not watching is to not think at all.  This is a trap that many fall into everyday of their life.  Simply because they do not have a bible in their hand, doesn’t mean that God has stopped watching and caring.  Even though they are not setting in a church pew, doesn’t mean that God has stopped watching and caring.  People do not typically think of themselves above God but their actions sometimes show a different story.  The dropping of the head, the eye roll, the scowls, and the smirks are all outward signs of the pillar that they have put themselves upon.

Things to remember:

  1. Matthew 25: 35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
  2. Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers
  3. Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
  4. Hebrews 13: 1 Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

To scoff as a stranger enters the doors of the Lord’s house is to scoff at God.  To judge who should enter the house of the Lord will never be a duty assigned to anyone on this earth.  To not welcome with open arms strangers, those of different faiths, those that are diseased, and those that are immoral; is to not welcome God.

Yes, we are all good Christians on Sunday for approximately two hours.  Unfortunately, those two hours are only two out of one-hundred-sixty-eight hours a week.  Sometimes people cannot even make it the two hours until something happens and they have to toll their eyes.  So before judging who should and who should not enter the house of the Lord, remember that God watched as you rolled your eyes.