“And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus” (Luke 5:18-19).
Institutional religion requires everyone to come through the front door in ways that bring no disruption. It prefers the uniform, the standardized cookie-cutter approach that assumes everyone is of the same background and experience. It stands in stark contrast to the message and mission of Jesus. Ours is to be a missional faith; willing to improvise, take creative measures, and unconventional approaches that others might have the opportunity to meet the Savior. Find and become a part of a church that is intentional in the performance of its missional task and is willing to raise the roof that others might see Jesus.