Folks, the world knows what this is supposed to look like. Years ago in New York City, I got into a taxi cab with an Iranian taxi driver, who could hardly speak English. I tried to explain to him where I wanted to go, and as he was pulling his car out of the parking place, he almost got hit by a van that on its side had a sign reading The Pentecostal Church. He got real upset and said, “That guyâ€™s drunk.” I said, “No, heâ€™s a Pentecostal. Drunk in the spirit, maybe, but not with wine.” He asked, “Do you know about church?” I said, “Well, I know a little bit about it; what do you know?” It was a long trip from one end of Manhattan to the other, and all the way down he told me one horror story after another that heâ€™d heard about the church. He knew about the pastor that ran off with the choir master’s wife, the couple that had burned the church down and collected the insuranceâ€”every horrible thing you could imagine. We finally get to where we were going, I paid him, and as weâ€™re standing there on the landing I gave him an extra-large tip. He got a suspicious look in his eyesâ€”heâ€™d been around, you know. I said, “Answer me this one question.” Now keep in mind, Iâ€™m planning on witnessing to him. “If there was a God and he had a church, what would it be like?” He sat there for awhile making up his mind to play or not. Finally he sighed and said, “Well, if there was a God and he had a churchâ€”they would care for the poor, heal the sick, and they wouldnâ€™t charge you money to teach you the Book.” I turned around and it was like an explosion in my chest. “Oh, God.” I just cried, I couldnâ€™t help it. I thought, “Oh Lord, they know. The world knows what itâ€™s supposed to be like. The only ones that donâ€™t know are the Church.” – John Wimber, “Jesus’ Mandate for Justice”, Cutting Edge Spring 2003, pg 6 (page 3 in the electronic version).
(HT: Bill Kinnon)