I took this picture recently because I liked the window on this building. Now that I’ve seen the picture on a screen, it is more interesting than I realized at first… what’s going on in there?
From our vantage point of being on the outside looking in, it’s really hard to tell. If you have a vivid imagination, I suppose you might see shapes on the glass… maybe even faces. As for me, I don’t really have that kind of imagination; I just see a reflection. Maybe I have an advantage (or would it be a disadvantage) because I remember that there were trees behind me. I think that’s what we see on the glass.
If I am correct in this assumption, then there is no way to know what’s going on inside because all we can see through the window is what’s going on outside.
What do people outside the church see when they try to look inside? Are they seeing, as we are in the picture, what’s really going on through glass that’s tainted by what’s going on outside of the church?
How can people really see the church in the true light of Scripture, in the true light of the love of Jesus Christ if their view from the outside in is tainted by the reflection of the world around us?
There is a way! It begins with God’s people going out of their way to make relationships with non-Christians so that they might get to know us better before they visit; so that they might come into the a church that is populated by friends who care about them, rather than by strangers who tend to lecture them. Isn’t that how they did it in the Bible?