The time is short, the needs are great, and too many people are moving straight toward Hell. As Christians we have so much to be doing to stand in the gap with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But then there is this email I received back in mid-December (on an early Sunday morning, nonetheless, just hours before preaching):
My husband and I attended your 9:00 am service on Sunday, December 16th.
We were welcomed by people at the doors, sat through a service honoring of our Savior with a well spring of talent on your worship team. The selection of songs couldn’t have been more adoring as they wove between the meaningful skit. We were amazed by the number of those on the platform that were dressed respectfully in suits, tie, or appropriate dress, no one stood out as a distraction from the true message. We found ourselves free to worship our Lord and Savior!
Since we are looking for a church that honors our Lord by preaching the Word, is respectful of the house of God in dress and has true worship that draws the presence of the Holy Spirit we thought Bethel may be the fit.
Please allow me to share our disappointment when a pastor came out after the program, in casual attire to close the service. It was a let down to see the members of the body had a higher standard than their shepherd. Sunday’s should be considered a holy day in the church where leadership sets an example in word, dress, and actions. It is sad that many men in the world dress more appropriately for their work than leadership in a church dresses honoring a day for their Savior.
Sincerely with hope thwarted . . . .
One really has to have a good sense of humor in pastoral ministry. In my reply I told them I was grieved that with such a glorious mission as we have to help the spiritually hungry experience and proclaim the life-changing power of Christ, the difference between a nice red Christmas sweater and a silk tie was really that important to them.
Dear ones, let us all—me included—reach so much higher than this, as King David echoes in Psalm 61:3, in which he wrote, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”