My aunts and uncle think that grandma might not have much longer to live. So, when she asked me to come to her church I decided to go for her.
I don't normally go to church because I believed all organized "houses of God" disregard an important teaching of Jesus, but I went to give some happiness to grandma.
After the beginning songs, the preacher took to the podium and opened with prayer. During this prayer, I asked our Father to put in the mouth of the preacher a specific teaching of Jesus that I believed he could not mention, and I asked that he would speak the words three times.
The preacher was a unique character. I think he took his glasses off at least 20 times in one hour. There was also a rehearsed phrase, when he said, "And All God's People Said?..." The church would say in unison, "Amen," which means to agree to his previous statement.
Sure enough, the preacher spoke those words I prayed for three times during his sermon. Each time was subtle and offhanded, and the idea was interjected with another idea. Although he caused everyone to say, "Amen," to agree to the teaching of Jesus, it isn't something that any of them were about to immediately do.
Three times, everyone in that church agreed that they should sell All that they have to give to the poor. It is a teaching of Jesus that would revolutionize the world if put into practice by all Christians simultaneously, but it isn't one which we hear of a lot of people doing.
I don't deny that the preacher is a good man, nor the fact that he has opened his heart and mind to relay messages from the Father to the congregation.
I am but a human, so I cannot perceive all of God's plan. My initial thought was that the church was practicing the use of vain words, agreeing to sell All they have to give to the poor but not doing so.
However, I perceive that it could be a future promise. Perhaps it isn't the time in God's plan to call this promise into action, but the Father is Saving it for the future. (pun intended, but I'm consistently told I'm not funny, so we'll see how that goes)
What are your thoughts on the topics mentioned?