Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I was reading Friend Mark's blog - Community, build it or break it. It's dangerous reading Quaker blogs after meeting for worship when you have let down your guard and opened yourself up to God's will. He raises a point I have heard in my own meeting and that is that our meeting houses are in affluent areas. This is raised as an answer to the question of why don't we minister to the poor as much as the early Quakers did. So as a suicidal act that will make me personna non grata at my meeting and among Quaker meetings in general I pose the question - should we sell our meeting houses that are located in affluent areas and follow Jesus? Check a concordance for "come follow me". Do it with bible software or a real paper bible. Read "Deny yourself", "Sell what you have", "give to the poor", etc.
When I was enjoying my early walk with Jesus I was repeatedly told that I had responsibilities. I had a family. I couldn't sell everything I had and follow Him. But can't we sell a building? Can't we buy a building in a poor part of town and be a light and a source of help and programs to the poor? Our buildings don't have stained glass windows (at least not that I know of), they don't have ornate decorations and works of art. They are not supposed to be shrines. But are they? Are they touchable or sacred cows? Do we who look down on the edifices of vanity of our religious brethren live in glass (meeting) houses? Is all the discussion about conservative vs. liberal; homosexual vs. heterosexual, a distraction from the real call to love our neighbor by selling what we have and following Jesus wheresoever He leads us. Love hurts. Are we hurting enough? Do we care enough? Are we asking God to help our unbelief in His message to Come follow me?
I fear I hear a voice. It's saying unless a seed fall to the ground and die it cannot bear fruit. Are we ready to die that we may live or are we going to wait until we are cut down like an old tree full of leaves but no fruit?