The Church as a Rusted-Out Bus? Some Thoughts on This Metaphor

28 Oct

Several days ago we posted the following picture of a rusted-out old bus and asked, What aspects or challenges of the local church  might be depicted in this picture?  Please be assured — I’m not picking on the local church or trying to be hyper-critical.  I thank God for the local church!  But there are always ways that we can improve our service for the Lord, especially in the local church.  Here are a few of my observations:

Windows are dirty & broken — Sometimes it’s hard for the church to see the needs of the hurting world around it.

No clear destination — Notice that there is nothing in the destination window (the small space above the front windshield) about where the church is going.

Of course there is no driver! This bus is lying dead in a lot. But who ought to be driving this bus?

There are, of course, some serious rust issues! Sometimes we get pretty settled in our ways, don’t we?

This bus is parked — it isn’t going anywhere! The leaders in the local church need to set a vision for the believers. They need to ponder where they have been — and where they are going, by God’s grace!

Of course, there are no passengers. Sometimes we minimize lower attendance numbers. And certainly God cares about the few. But He also cares about the MANY! We should not settle for a few souls, but go out into the highways and byways and compel the masses to come in!

By the way, did you notice that the door is still open? But very few would want to step foot inside this bus. There might be snakes in there! Much work needs to be done to attract others inside.

Your thoughts?


Posted by on October 28, 2018 in church health


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4 responses to “The Church as a Rusted-Out Bus? Some Thoughts on This Metaphor

  1. Allan McKechnie

    October 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    The church as Christ’s bride may have a torn and stained gown, but He loves her.

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    October 29, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Absolutely, my friend. Been praying for you and your upcoming doctor’s visit. Larry

  3. Archon's Den

    October 31, 2018 at 2:09 am

    I don’t believe that anyone should go out andcompel the masses….Entice? Perhaps. Cajole? Maybe. Convince would be best! ‘Compel’ would likely be poorly met. 😯
    For centuries – millennia – the people had to fit the Church. Worshippers in developed countries have learned that the Church should fit the people. Christianity, as usual, is hundreds of years behind.

  4. Dr. Larry Dixon

    November 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Thank you for your comment, my friend. I am, of course, alluding to the statement in Luke 14:23 where Jesus says, “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” So your objection is with the text of Scripture here, right? I certainly agree that the believer’s task is to persuade, convince unbelievers to trust in Christ. I’m curious — what do you mean by “the Church should fit the people”? Again, thank you for reading my blog. Blessings. Larry


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