I was walking down to the bank to cash in my expenses, and as I walked through the shopping centre, I saw a group of young adults wearing baseball caps, just hanging around. All of a sudden; there was one guy who was walking up to them, and he was swearing and cursing etc. The group of lads then started to retaliate and moved up to hit him, right in the middle of the shopping centre in broad day light which was full of shoppers. Now as I approached the scene, a crowd began to form and people just stopped and watched it go on, and no one said or did anything. It was like the whole shopping centre became a boxing ring with the entertainers in the middle.
This might seem common to some people, but I would like to make two observations about what I saw:
1. These lads were just hanging about, doing nothing, talking amongst themselves and they were mocking people as they were doing their shopping. These lads looked and were bored. They looked like they had no work and just wanted to cause trouble.
2. The crowd gathered around were all people who looked like they were bored as well. As soon as something happens they react and are drawn by something. Now they want to observe and not do anything about it.
What would you do? How would you react if this happened where you live? What is the solution to this problem?
People in the 21st century have very offensive natures. You have got to be so careful of what you say, otherwise you could get into real trouble. As Christians today, we have got to endure all kinds of hardship because the gospel offends people!! Why? Because it convicts them of their sins!
The passage we are using for our next messy church has this verse right in the middle: from 2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Paul suffered everything for the gospel, and if we today as Christians are going to live out godly lives, we need to give out the good news to the people who have fragile peace, just like the example above. Let us learn and grow off the prince of peace as we continue our lives spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.