I randomly start thinking about stuff sometimes. I'm not sure that I'm entirely normal. I lean toward thinking not. Anyway, I was thinking yesterday about what the point of ministry is supposed to be.
What's the point of ministering to someone? I mean, if you're a Christian, you're called to minister to people in one regard or another. That's one of the things I like about Christianity. I like the concept of helping hurting people. It's what Jesus did. But I think sometimes that we think the only point of ministering to people is to convert them to Christianity. If they blow us off, we write them off. Is that the right way to think about it?
I'm not so sure.
I think a lot of Christians only minister through church-sponsored stuff. Church sponsored stuff is important too, don't get me wrong. But there doesn't seem to be any push (at least in my circles) to get outside of the bubble and help people who are less likely to be receptive to Christianity. We don't seem to care so much about feeding hungry, stinky, drunk, or "SINFUL" folks in our own communities--whether they're likely to come to Christ or not. If they don't, aren't we still obligated to minister to them? To "hold our hands over their wounds" (that's a quote from Donald Miller) and provide comfort in whatever way we can? Shouldn't every human being do that, regardless of religious affiliation?
It just doesn't seem like a "no strings attached" kind of love that we have for people*. Maybe we're not as different from "the world" as we pretend to be.
*I don't mean to downplay the importance of sharing one's faith. If someone is a Christian and truly believes in the message, it's almost impossible not to. That's fine and good. I just mean that we can't expect people to believe the message if we don't live the message in the non-religious aspects of our lives. I mean some other stuff too, but I find it hard to convey exactly what I mean.