Romans 12:5 (ESV)
“We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
Another church building is up for sale. In a city to my east a brewery desires to purchase and convert a church building into a microbrewery. The city’s Planning Commission has it on their summer agenda. A point made against such a plan caught my eye, “alcohol (has) no place in a church, even if it were no longer operating as one.” I celebrate their reverence for a church, but I’m not there. For me, once the church has been vacated and put up for sale it no longer matters. Why? You and I are the church, the body of Christ. The building does not define us. There were no church buildings until the fourth century, when Constantine the Great acknowledged the Christian church and empowered the church to hold property. From the beginning the members have always been the church. Christians were a church without any property for over 300 years. We were “individually members one of another.” I’m truly not concerned about the way people conduct themselves in a building that was once a church. I’m very concerned about the conduct of people calling themselves Christians when they’re far from the building they call a church. As for the sale of another church building, it is sad to see a vacant church building, slowly falling down while the remnants of the congregation hold out for a buyer that never comes. You may disagree, but as for me, I say, “sell it.” Then take the money … and put it into another mission of the body in Christ. Now, you know where I stand. Where are you on this matter?