Monday, August 3, 2009

What churches should do

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Sitting in the bible belt, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not impressed with the religious community in Charlotte.  Rarely do you see many churches in the city help people. There are far too many headlines about greedy preachers bilking the government and their congregations.

But Sunday, a local church got something right. First Baptist Church headed to Timber Ridge Apartments, a place that has seen it's share of violence over the last two years, including the recent death of a pregnant woman.

Most of Charlotte remembers the east Charlotte complex as the place where CMPD officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark were gunned down in 2007.  After the killings of the officers, First Baptist Church, which is located in Uptown, went to the complex to assist the residents. Churches in that neighborhood didn't do much of anything. And that's sad.

Sad because I'm sure some of those residents head to those churches and faithful place money in the collection plate.

According to TV and The Charlotte Observer:

First Baptist, which holds weekly Bible study groups at the complex, held similar services after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton were shot to death there in May 2007. “We felt a real burden to reach out to this community,” said Pastor Mark Harris. “If there's ever a message of anti-violence, it's the message of Christ and the word of God.”

So is God missing from the majority of churches around the QC? If churches can't step outside of their walls and help God's children, how can they expect people to come inside and freely give their money? It had to be comforting for the family of the woman killed in a domestic violence dispute to see that people of God do care and want to comfort them in their pain.

Now, if other churches could do something in the community other than spew hate, the bible belt might be all right.

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