Some of you have the opportunity to sleep in on Sunday mornings. Personally, I love Sunday afternoon naps. That time, for me, seems still and quiet like the world is at rest after a long hard week. Some of you may have that Sunday morning time to get out and about, do some shopping, or just gets things done. If you do get out of the house at that time, take some notice of the small churches you pass by. Those parking lots that once were full now have fewer and fewer cars. The church bells that once rang out loudly still do, but today they’re just background noise in a busy life. The world is changing. Church and God are becoming less and less relevant. According to Dan Kimball, the author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church; people are still “spiritual.” They still have an innate connection to God but for multiple reasons, they want nothing to do with the Church. He cites two primary reasons for this disconnect. The first being that they see Christians as judgmental and intolerant. The second is that it appears all of us are more concerned with power and political agenda than loving people the way Christ tells us to. The term Evangelical has turned into a word that means a gun-toting, judgmental, jerk. One of the people Kimball interviewed for his book said, “I wish I would have known earlier that not all Christians are such jerks. I had no idea. Maybe I would have believed in Jesus earlier.” The fact is that what we say and do as Christians can literally prevent people from finding Christ. We can actually dig a new chasm between the people we need to reach and God. People who know Jesus only see who he is by what they see in us. What we post on social media tells them who Christ is. And in a majority of cases, Christ is NOT what I see posted on social media. Christ, through his words and action, showed us how to serve and love. We are not to be consumed with power or control or getting our way. If the Lord of the Universe could come down to this earth and wash his disciples’ feet, we can humble ourselves and follow his lead. We are to love and serve, not control, and condemn. John 13:12-17 New International Version (NIV)12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.