What Do Your Neighbors Think?

So, what do your neighbors think about church?    Do you know?   Have you ever talked to them about church?

What do your neighbors think about your church?   Do you know?  Did you know that what they think about your church, they learn it by watching you.

By watching how you treat your children.

By watching how you treat the neighbor’s dog who got away and whether you help them catch him or not.

By watching how your kids behave.

By seeing what’s important to you.

By seeing how you respond when the ref at your son’s football game obviously blows the call.

By seeing how you respond when someone needs help.

By how you respond when you interact with someone who isn’t the same as you are.   One of our former neighbors had their grandson living with them for a while.   He would often come over and “hang out” with my kids (I guess 13 year olds don’t play, they hang out).    One time when he was over, he was talking about his Grandma and Grandpa and mentioned that he had 4 step dads.

Think about it.   In the last 13 years, he’s gone through having 5 male role models (dad and step dads) and none of them have stayed around.   How does someone with that sort of a history react to someone talking about God “The Father?”   How would the kids at your church react if someone came in to their Sunday school class and said that?   How would your church school teachers react?

The Bible teaches us that we are not “of this world.”    We shouldn’t care what the world thinks of us.    But at the same time, we should. 

We should care what the world thinks of us  because we should care about whether they can see Jesus through us.

Does the world look at the church and see a group of sinners who have said, “I’ve sinned, I’m far from what God wants me to be, but I know God loves me and He can and does love you too?”

Or do they see a group of people who are acting the part but aren’t really showing the true love of Jesus through how they live?

We’ll look at what they should see in the next post.

In the mean time, ask yourself, “What does my life tell my neighbors about the church?”

More to come……


1 thought on “What Do Your Neighbors Think?

  1. Todd Waller


    We certainly are not “of this world,” but we are definitely, “in this world.” By being in this world, we most definitely need to be mindful of our actions and our words.

    I’ve heard, often, folks make the statement that wherever you go, proclaim the gospel, and sometimes, use words. Putting aside the power of the words of the gospel for a moment, I like the emphasis that the gospel should be shining through our actions, our lives, as well as our words. I think that all too frequently, we compartmentalize the gospel out of the daily practice of our lives.

    Good stuff here, Tom.


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