Our friend Allan in front of New Hope
From a really good article in "Relevant" magazine today.
Marcus Mumford got one thing right—the Church is something you enter at your own risk.Because you might actually bump into humanity there. You might hit up against something you disagree with. You might have to listen to music you don’t like. You might get asked to share your stuff. You might learn from a tradition far older than you, and realize how small you are standing before such a legacy. You might even be asked to worship something other than yourself.
I agree with every single thought expressed above. Maybe it just hit a nerve but I wanted to jump up and say "AMEN!"
The article was about how people like the lead singer for "Mumford and Sons" choose not to be identified as Christians because (supposedly) the term has so much " baggage."
We do carry a lot.
Those folks that we "carry" by delivering free meals to each week.
Those who live because we sent money overseas to help them receive clean water due to the wells we have helped dig.
Those who have hope and a future from the support we give as we sponsor orphans and children literally all around the world.
Those who have benefited from our food bank, who we have bought gas for, put up in hotels, or in some other way met them at the point of need.
And each other as we lean on our faith and love for God and for each other. Yep, we do carry baggage, but it's what our Leader told us to do.
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Gal 6:2
So we'll keep on keeping on. If you want to be a part of something gloriously imperfect, come join us at New Hope as we carry our "baggage" and follow Jesus.