Listening to a Steve Brown sermon recently called “Church R Us,” in which he quoted Ronald Rolheiser from his book, The Holy Longing. It’s an amazing, thought-provoking quote that deserves much reflection and even more living.
"…to be connected to the church is to be associated with scoundrels, warmongers, fakes, child-molesters, murderers, adulterers, and hypocrites of every description. It also, at the same time, identifies you with saints and the finest persons of heroic soul within every time, country, race, and gender…because the church always looks exactly as it looked at the original crucifixion, God hung among thieves."
God hung among thieves. Think about that the next time you’re gathered with other believers.
No church ever becomes more than that - no matter how “strong” and “healthy” they may be, and no church ever becomes less than that - no matter how “weak” and “sickly” they (we) may be.