Have you heard of Sunday Christians?
Those holier than thou, Jekyll and Hyde-type personalities who act like Christians on Sunday, but are completely different people the rest of the week?
Jesus likened such people to whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside, but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity (Matthew 23:27–28).
I’m sure you get the picture!
Suffice it to say, Sunday Christians have gotten a really bad rep; but we haven’t heard much about their close cousins: Sunday Compassionate Leaders.
Who are these you ask?
Christian leaders who preach and demonstrate God’s love to the hurting on Sunday, while ignoring them the rest of the week; partly because they lack adequate systems and processes to empower and care for their congregation … yup! I went there!
Compassion is costly
Christians, including leaders and church members, love the coziness of their comfort zones, where it’s:
Christians are generally willing to pray for the sick, vulnerable, and hurting on Sunday because it’s convenient and doesn’t cost much.
Consider this: If I call someone or visit them on Monday, it will cost me extra gas, travel, and time. Conversely, if I wait until Sunday, it will cost me much less, and I’ll still get a gold star for my “Good Samaritan” box!
Unfortunately, a church that loves to huddle around the hurting on Sunday, calling them to the pulpit for fervent prayer, yet forgetting about their troubles on Monday, isn’t really following Christ or making an effective impact on the community.
Most of the love we show today is not converted
Given that we are called to emulate Christ’s love, what would Jesus say about this deficient form of christianity?
Jesus taught that love converted is superior to love spoken (Matthew 25:35−45):
- I was hungry and you gave me something to eat
- I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink
- I was a stranger and you invited me in
- I needed clothes and you clothed me
- I was sick and you looked after me
- I was in prison and you came to visit me
Christians should be the hands and feet of Jesus every day of the week, not just on Sunday.
We should actively care for people even when it’s not easy, even when it requires getting our hands dirty, and stepping out of our comfort zones.
To quote Pastor Sunday Adelaja:
True ministry is touching people with God’s love
Are you converting your love?
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