My church sanctuary is quite lovely.
It has beautiful windows.
And gorgeous handcrafted furniture.
There are classic instruments.
And what happens in that room is prayed over and plotted and planned and executed with much heart and measure.
But there's a room I love infinitely more.
The fellowship hall.
The room itself has sticky floors and bad lighting, but it's what it represents that matters. It's a symbol of the love I experience from those who are a part of the body of Christ. And not just the ones in the building.
What good is a grand stage and stained glass if there's no love?
Author and former Franciscan priest Brennan Manning said "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."
Jesus, 1/3 of the band "The Trinity" said "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.” John 13:34-35