There is a reason inner city works for the church. It is the very place Jesus would be found.
Jesus was not a tidy believer in God. He was a faithful one. Jesus is the heart of God with hands and feet. He consistently drifted toward those we avoid. The mark of the true church?
William Willimon wrote, Once upon a time, a farmer went forth to sow and did what: carefully, meticulously prepared the ground, removed all the rocks and weeds, and sowed one seed six inches from another? No. The farmer, without preparation, just went out and began to sling seed. This is farming Jesus-style.
One of the characteristics that reflects Jesus in the present church system is the growing heart for touching the downtrodden and the rejected. While I write this blog in the confines of comfort, thousands of Christians are milling through the tornadic ruins of Joplin. Thousands of more believers are sending funds.
The church is most like Jesus when daring to cross the street into the zone of the broken, handicapped, and ignored of our society. We view such a move with reserve. Jesus pursued the same with abandon.
The Son was not meticulous and proper. In reality they crucified him for seeking, reaching, and saving the wrong kind. May we be so committed to the other side of the tracks.