The Emergency Room

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Ezekiel 34:4 “The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.”

God was disgusted with the shepherds of Israel because they were not doing their job of helping the sick. These shepherds were busier feeding themselves than they were with helping those God sent them to help. God expected them to strengthen the diseased, heal the sick, bind up the broken, bring back those who were driven away, and to seek the lost. Sadly, the shepherds were busier with themselves than they were with helping those whom God wanted them to help.

If God was against the shepherds for not doing what this verse says, that means that the church is to have these types of people so the shepherd can help them. The one great thing that is obvious about this verse is that the church is not to be a museum but an emergency room filled with those who need immediate spiritual help. Sadly, more churches are interested in looking like a museum that they can impress with their programs, buildings, and magnificence than they are with being an emergency room.

Sadly, most churches don’t look like an emergency room. Emergency rooms are not fancy, but they are a tool to help the sick and the hurting. I am not saying that I don't think we ought to make our churches look clean and presentable, but I am saying that it is vitally important that our churches are a place where we help those who are spiritually sick.

If a church is going to be what it is supposed to be, that means inside of the church you will find the diseased, the weak, the spiritually sick, the broken, those who have been driven away, the unlovely, and the lost. However, you will not have these types of people in the church if you are not going to where these types of people live. I know this may be “embarrassing” to have your church pews filled with these “types” of people when your preacher friends or distinguished guests come to your church, but this is the type of church that God likes.

When the church ceases to be an emergency room to help these types of people, the church ceases to be the type of church that God wants. Luke 14:21 commands the believer to go “into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.” Yes, these people have problems, but that is the purpose of the church; to help people who have problems. If a church has people who don't have these types of problems, then there is no purpose for the church.

Maybe the reason so many churches are quick to close their doors for virtual services is because they don't have people coming who need immediate spiritual help or they are going to spiritually die. You see, when you have the diseased, the weak, the spiritually sick, the broken, those who have been driven away, the unlovely, and the lost coming every Sunday, you will realize the importance of keeping the church doors open.

My question is, are you reaching these people so you can bring them to your church? Having these types of people in your church may not be appealing to the museum churchgoers, but it will be very pleasing to God.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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