I was driving around in the loader the yesterday and was thinking about the church in North America. I was wondering if Jesus was alive if he would attend the church that I attend. I then that about what a church that Jesus would attend would look like. Both of those thoughts were just that, thoughts. But when I go home from work there was a message for me to call my mom, who has been reading the book of Amos and read me a few verses. I was amazed at the relevance of the verses that she read to my thoughts earlier in the day. Here are the verses from Amos 5:21-27 (from the Message):

â??I canâ??t stand your religious meetings.
Iâ??m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religious projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
Iâ??m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
Iâ??ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justiceâ??oceans of it.
I want fairnessâ??rivers of it
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Thatâ??s what I want. Thatâ??s all I want.

â??Didnâ??t you, dear family of Israel, worship me faithfully for forty years in the wilderness, bringing the sacrifices and offerings I commanded?
How is it youâ??ve stooped to dragging gimcrack statues of your so-called rulers around, hauling the cheap images of all your star-gods here and there?
Since you like them so much, you can take them with you when I drive you into exile beyond Damascus.â? GODâ??S Message, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

As I read these verses, I couldn’t get over how church today has not changed in thousands of years. I have said to Simone many times that I wish we would sing songs that are actual worship songs. Next time your in church listen and think about the words that you are singing, how many of the songs are about “ME?”

I think this is self explanatory. What kind of church would Jesus attend? A church where he is the center of everything, and where people are there to meet with Him. It has nothing to do with a building, the media department, the worship team or choir or any of our many programs. It doesn’t have to be polished, perfect, or programmed.

Jesus wants to be part of a church where people worship, “in spirit and in truth!” Where he is the center, where people are singing because there hearts are full of love and thanksgiving for what He has done for them. Where giving is from the heart and not coerced, or to buy the most comfy pews. Where social justice is key, where the community is constantly at the forefront.