It’s one of the few places on earth where the air is as fresh and clean as it must have been millennia ago. Constant winds keep out pollution and germs, and the climate discourages the growth of native viruses.
It sounds like the healthiest place on earth. So why doesn’t anyone want to live there? Because it’s just too cold. With temperatures that drop to –100° Fahrenheit, the South Pole is too frigid even for germs.
Some churches bear a striking resemblance to that sterile atmosphere. The truth of God is preached, Scriptures are meticulously quoted, and error has no chance to survive. But there is no corresponding obedience or love, and the spiritual temperature is sub-zero. The poor are given the cold shoulder (James 2:2-6). Those weak in the faith engage in icy arguments (Rom. 14:1). Brothers in Christ are left out in the cold because they pose a threat to comfortable cliques (3 John 5-10). Unloved and untouched, many people leave.
The church was formed by the redeeming love of Christ and is designed to be a warm and inviting fellowship! Our desire must not be merely to “keep out the germs,” but to let the Lord create a climate where brothers and sisters can open their hearts to His soul-healing love.
The house of God should be a place
For praise and fervent prayer;
How sad when folks let small things break
Their sweet communion there! —HGB
The church should always be a warm shelter in a cold world.