In a conversation with one of my Audio Visual Consultant, he stated that he felt a majority of churches in America have become bushel baskets, hiding the light of the Lord within their facility. In Mathew 5:15-16 we are called to let our light shine before others so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven, not hide it under a bushel basket.
I understand that his comment was driven by a number of factors beyond the actual church facility, such as the spiritual maturity and ministry callings of each church. As an architect who specializes in church and church related facilities throughout the United States, his comment gave me pause to consider what effect my work has on fostering his perception. As Christians we are called to go into the entire world and preach the gospel, but too many times we find ourselves within a local church facility – hiding our light. We may have the assumption that the non-churched will suddenly have the urge to walk through our doors to learn the gospel of Christ. But too many times the only people visiting are those who had an issue with their church down the street and are looking for a new, comfortable spot – to hide their light. I felt that with his simple comment my entire calling and livelihood was placed in question! I realized that I needed to take a closer look at Continue Reading