Example is Important!
We’ve all heard that sermon! Set a good example, be a good example, etc.
Remember those picture puzzles? Two pictures are presented. They are very similar, but as you study them carefully, you begin to notice subtle differences. The ‘challenge’ was to find as many ‘differences’ as you could.
Today’s ‘challenge’ has but one picture. But in it are both Christ and the church. They are SUPPOSED to look the same. In reality, they seem to have very little in common.
Today’s challenge is to illustrate differences between Jesus and church. Examples:
Justice or No?
Jesus’ ministry manifesto proclaimed release to captives, restored sight to the blind and freed the oppressed, etc. That is, justice!
But church is often reactionary and is an obstacle to justice. Some churches opposed slavery, but others supported it. Ditto on civil rights in the 60s.
We’ve heard, ‘all [or the best thing] we can do is save souls and hope people act better. The pictures of Jesus and the church are more than a ‘little’ different … Jesus says ‘yes’ to justice. The church … well …
Here is another example of differing pictures.
Church and Kingdom
Church: Kingdom is future and Jesus will bring it when he comes. Your concern is the build the church. So get busy!
Jesus: I will build my church, but to YOU I give the keys of the kingdom.
See the difference? Somebody gets church and kingdom backwards! Anyway, this challenge is to provide examples of the cartoon’s point.