There is no question that the church has had a powerful influence on the culture. You cannot overestimate the influence of the church in America.
The church started 106 of the first 108 colleges in this country. The church started and funded many of our hospitals. The church has funded many inner-city missions that minister to the addicted and homeless. The church has started many orphanages and homes for the elderly.
The church is consistently involved in ministry in the jails and prisons of this nation. The church continues to establish and operate ministries designed to preserve the sanctity of human life. Week in and week out, churches across the country and around the world will teach the moral values that provide the foundation for integrity, truth and righteousness.
Long before the civil rights movement ever began, children were taught to sing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.”
When national disasters strike, the church is typically on the scene to provide practical volunteer support and assistance on virtually every level. The church sends money and volunteers to see that needs are being met.
In spite of that positive influence, some still seek to discount the influence and importance of the church.
The truth is, there’s no institution that has ever impacted the world like the church. Not the sports arena, not the educational system, not the government. These things all have their place, but nothing can or will take the place of the church.
As a pastor for the past 30 years, I will readily admit the fact that the church hasn’t always gotten it right. But that’s because the church is made up of imperfect people like you and me. That is no reason to discredit or discount the value of the church as a whole.
Until Christ returns, we will keep learning, keep growing and keep doing because one of these days, perhaps in the not too distant future, Jesus Christ will return for his bride, the church.
Don’t be fooled into believing that the church is on its way out. The church of Jesus Christ will never disappear from the landscape. That is not because of any particular denomination or any pastor or any specific church for that matter.
The church will continue because that’s what Jesus promised. God’s promise is being fulfilled. Jesus is building his church. I am thankful that I get to be a part of it.
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