Why We Do Church!
I binge-watched the HBO series Band of Brothers during Memorial Day weekend on the History Channel.
It chronicled Easy Company of the 101st Airborne from D-day until the war's end.
One episode toward the end was titled, "Why we fought this war!" They came across a Nazi concentration camp with horrid conditions and the horror of the Holocaust.
It put in perspective why those soldiers had been through horrific battles on D-day, the Battle of the Bulge, and the fighting in Germany.
I had a similar moment the past couple of weeks of "why we do church!" come to my mind with the violent attack in a super market in Buffalo from an angry racist teenager and then a teenager that shot up an elementary school in Uvalde.
A few years ago, our area was affected by the Santa Fe High School shooting.
Some in our church were involved, and I know some victims still struggle even though years have passed.
When I heard that angry teenagers were involved in the shooting, I wished that both those young men could have grown up in a church like ours.
I wonder if they would have been introduced to a loving God and our Savior Jesus Christ if it would have made a difference.
I can only imagine what they might have become had they been taught the teachings of the Torah, the prophets, and especially the ethics of Jesus.
As my ministry of 44 years is ending, I am doing a lot of reflecting.
Every church I have served has had its share of challenging children and youth, some with uncontrollable tempers.
Those kids that were raised in the churches I served all grew up to be responsible adults, and some even went into the ministry.
My conclusion is that the church does fantastic work!
We need to pick up more of these kids in our children and youth programs.
What can you do?
Support the Church!
Volunteer to help in the vast number of programs our church offers to children and youth.
It’s why we do church!