Maundy Thursday thoughts on the Church

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"The Churches in Minneapolis have the chance to really be the change agents we need. To not only stem the number of killing abortions, but to also bring some of the almost 100,000 East Africans to Christ."

Today is Maundy Thursday. It is a Holy day in the Christian faith. Not on the same level as Good Friday or Easter, but maybe it should be a notch higher than what it is. It is when the Last Supper took place. The event which gave us the Holy Sacrament of Communion. It is when Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. And - it is when the Roman Guard took Jesus which was the start of the Passion.
It was important to Jesus to have a vibrant Church once he was no longer here. The Bible refers to His Church as the Bride of Christ. It was to be the grouping of His followers that were deep in His Word. It was to be a place of worship, fellowship, training for evangelism, and mercy. So, in the year 2019 A.D., how is Christ's Church doing?
First off, I need to say this. I love the Christian Church. I believe it to still be the Bride of Christ. Anything I have to say, will be said out of love. That being said, I have some deep concerns. And I will start with (gasp!), abortion. With the exception of the Catholic Church and a handful of others, the Church as been somewhat mute on this most important issue. I pray and I hope that the Church will come alive as a total body to condemn this murder of the unborn. Pastors need to be reminded of how important this issue is. One of the reasons we have lost over 50 million innocent souls since 1973, is the silence of the Church. We need the Church to be roaring like a lion on this issue!
Now here is one which might make some flinch. Towards the end of Matthew 28, Jesus knew He would not be here much longer. So he gave his Church the Great Commission. And right now, in the City of Minneapolis, we have the chance to practice the Great Commission - big time. We have tens of thousands of newly arrived immigrants from East Africa who have NEVER heard the true story of Jesus Christ. Bottom line? The mission field just got dropped off at our front door. No more traveling halfway around the world into danger. Nope - the mission field is right in front of our noses. Okay Church - let's go!
I won't go any further, but I think you get the picture. The Holy Bible is not like a Hallmark Movie. It is crystal clear on some very important issues. Like, nobody comes to the "Father, but through Me". Or, "Who so ever denies Me in front of people, I will deny that person in front of the Father." There is nothing in the scripture I have read which deals with PC. It is all as real as real can be.
The Churches in Minneapolis have the chance to really be the change agents we need. To not only stem the number of killing abortions, but to also bring some of the almost 100,000 East Africans to Christ. Some might read this, and think I am insensitive. Others might say this is something which is long overdue in being addressed. Time to choose People of God - time to choose. The stakes could not be higher.