As a church (Living Word Tabernacle) we have been identified as a hospital for those in need. The Pastor as the Inn-keeper to care for the sick, spiritual and naturally. The two pence he receives from the good Samaritan is to doctor the needy, with the Spirit and the Word. The story can be found in the Bible (Luke 10:30-35).
Yes, the "good" attend our church, however, the "good" is there, not just to be good, we have a greater responsibility. We should be able to live as to say; "give us the needy, the poor, the sick, the backslider and those that desperately need Christ!"
We should be a great "Statue of a Perfect Man" (Second Peter 1:5-7) calling for those that need help the most.
Entering the United States of America is a statue of a woman welcoming those entering this nation, it is the Statue of Liberty. A poem inscribed on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the statue are these words;
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
We all, in the distance past came to America as an immigrant desiring a better life. So also, have we all come to Christ desiring the same, and a spiritually healthy life while we journey to our heavenly country.
My prayer is that our church should always be a golden door open to the same. A hospital for those that are sick spiritually and physically. Let us never forget our purpose!
Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri - www.livingwordtabernacle.com