During a meeting of religious leaders from across America someone rushed in and shouted, “The building is on fire!” Everyone reacted in character with a certain “religious correctness.”
The Methodists at once gathered in a corner and prayed.
The Baptists cried, “Everybody into the water!”
The Lutherans posted a note on the door declaring that fire was evil because it was the natural abiding place of the devil.
The Congregationalists shouted, “Every man for himself!”
The Fire and Brimstone Brigade proclaimed, “It is the vengeance of an angry God!”
The Positive Thinkers agreed among themselves that there really was not a fire.
The Presbyterians appointed a chairperson, who was supposed to appoint a committee to look into the matter and make a written report to the next session.
The Episcopalians formed a procession and marched out in good order.
The Hospitality Committee decided that the fire had as much right to be there as anyone else.
The Catholics passed a collection plate to cover the cost of the damages.
Actually the best thing and the right thing to do would be to get out of the building! The truth of the matter is, that if the building is on fire, you might get hurt if you stay there.
I was recently at an Innovative Pastor’s Conference for pastors from across the state of Florida. Over a 2 day period I realized that even innovative churches do things different. There really is nothing wrong with being different. As a matter of fact there is a great freedom that comes when you realize that being different is OK. The one thing that is important is holding on to the truth that we discover in God’s Word. That is truth that will never be undone and it is evidence that demands our response.
My prayer is that we would always have an attitude of doing “Whatever it takes” to show the world who Jesus is and what He has done. If we hold fast and are obedient to His word, then we will discover that touching and changing the world with His love happens in a variety of ways, in a variety of styles, and God uses a wide variety of people. The result is the same though, when we are through we will see a world impacted with the love of Jesus.