I want to say that this picture was contrived. I really do. But even it is, is it that far from the truth?
I also want to believe that the various meetings advertised here are outreach events the church itself is presenting, but in all likelihood they are simply room rentals. Does it matter, if the need is real?
I want to believe that the sermon advertised for Sunday morning will address this dichotomy, but in all likelihood, it will consist of “heads in the clouds” platitudes. Did anyone at the church see the contrast?
I want to wish for things to be different, but deep down, I know that the people who attend Monday to Saturday are often the same people who are seated in the pews on Sunday morning. Or their proxies. These are the people for whom Christ died.
Jesus can do more with broken people than he can with people who have it all together. The addicted, the abused, the abusers, the impoverished, the homeless, the users, the people with no self image, the people dealing with temptation, the people on the brink of despair; these are all the people who can be America’s hope for the future.
The future never looked as bright as when you know you’ve reached bottom and there’s nowhere lower down you can go. I hope it was a great sermon!
Picture is from Friends of Irony, a Cheezburger Network website.