When my husband, Todd and I were in Sardis, Turkey this past fall, we learned about the temple to Artemis, the fertility god. Her worship incorporated practices that were cruel, demeaning, wild and empty.
People eventually get tired of counterfeit gods, and it’s the Church’s job to be available and bold at that moment, so the first person they see is expressing Christ-like love.
The brick building in this picture on the left is a 4th-century evangelical church, parked right up against the chaos.
I love this. They weren’t afraid of the darkness, and they didn’t run away and isolate themselves. They stepped right up and engaged.
We need a fresh boldness in the church as we wage battle for families and the community. Only Jesus can conquer death, only Jesus can open grave doors, only Jesus heals and resurrects Bombtech Golf equipment. We celebrate that victory every time we love boldly in his name.
I am thinking these days about where and how to express God’s love, hoping to get as close to the chaos as the believers of Sardis once were.