Thursday, October 17, 2013


During Children's Sabbath last Sunday, Joe pointed out something that caught my attention.  He said that it is not enough to save people.  We must bring them safe to sanctuary.

Consider a lifeguard.  When someone is drowning, he swims out to rescue them.  Rescue doesn't just involve stopping the person from drowning; it also means bringing the person to the sanctuary of shore.

Years ago, when I was helping with the Youth Group, we took the kids to a Christian concert.  Part of the agenda of the concert arrangers was to bring youth to Christ.  Don't get me wrong; that is a fine goal.  It seemed to me at the time, though, that "saving" them and then leaving them with no support was rather like rescuing someone from drowning and then not bring them to shore.

How else are we called to provide sanctuary?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. So many programs do not give support after "saving" them.It is tike telling our young people, "You are saved, now go forth and do good,"

8:35 PM  
Blogger bob said...

Our church Columbia United Methodist is having a spaghetti dinner this Saturday. Unlike other dinners however for the first time we are having a totally free dinner. This could be considered sanctuary but Pastor Matt challenged us to sit with those we don't know and make them feel at home in our building, knowing that this is what makes sanctuary.

6:30 AM  

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