Harvey and the Church

We started blogging about #GoBold back in January and had no idea what lay ahead. Read through the posts and you’ll find words of motivation and encouragement to step out and love your neighbor. Our words of motivation and encouragement seem weak compared to the flood waters of Harvey though.

Your response to Harvey has been…epic. I didn’t want to use that word (because I’m not a bro) but you’ve left me without a choice. Thousands of you have served thousands of our neighbors. These last few weeks the love of Christ has been visible in kayaks and big trucks and food and shelter and laundry and piles of debris and sweat and N95 masks.

Your response to Harvey is the clearest representation of the love of the early church I’ve ever witnessed.

Acts 2:42-47And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

The context is certainly different, but the love for one another is the same.

Harvey started this mess but the church of Jesus Christ will have the last word. We love because He first loved us.

As things return to normal, fight to hold on to the willingness and openness you’ve lived in these last few weeks. Fight to continue to see people as God sees them. Fight to remain generous in the love of Jesus.

– Lance Lawson, Church on Wednesday Campus Pastor

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