interesting john wimber quote

i found this quote from john wimber really provacotive:

Years ago in New York City, I got into a taxi cab with an Iranian taxi driver, who could hardly speak English. I tried to explain to him where I wanted to go, and as he was pulling his car out of the parking place, he almost got hit by a van that on its side had a sign reading The Pentecostal Church. He got real upset and said, “That guy’s drunk.” I said, “No, he’s a Pentecostal. Drunk in the spirit, maybe, but not with wine.” He asked, “Do you know about church?” I said, “Well, I know a little bit about it; what do you know?” It was a long trip from one end of Manhattan to the other, and all the way down he told me one horror story after another that he’d heard about the church. He knew about the pastor that ran off with the choir master’s wife, the couple that had burned the church down and collected the insurance—every horrible thing you could imagine. We finally get to where we were going, I paid him, and as we’re standing there on the landing I gave him an extra-large tip. He got a suspicious look in his eyes—he’d been around, you know. I said, “Answer me this one question.” Now keep in mind, I’m planning on witnessing to him. “If there was a God and he had a church, what would it be like?” He sat there for awhile making up his mind to play or not. Finally he sighed and said, “Well, if there was a God and he had a church—they would care for the poor, heal the sick, and they wouldn’t charge you money to teach you the Book.” I turned around and it was like an explosion in my chest. “Oh, God.” I just cried, I couldn’t help it. I thought, “Oh Lord, they know. The world knows what it’s supposed to be like. The only ones that don’t know are the Church.”

When you joined the kingdom, you expected to be used of God. I’ve talked to thousands of people, and almost everybody has said, “When I signed up, I knew that caring for the poor was part of it—I just kind of got weaned off of it, because no one else was doing it.” Folks, I’m not saying, “Do some-thing heroic.” I’m not saying, “Take on some high standard, sell everything you have and go.” Now, if Jesus tells you that, that’s different. But I’m not saying that. I’m just saying, participate. Give some portion of what you have—time, energy, money, on a regular basis—to this purpose, to redeeming people, to caring for people. Share your heart and life with somebody that’s not easy to sit in the same car with. Are you hearing me? That’s where you’ll really see the kingdom of God.

(ht to jordon cooper, via think christian)

10 thoughts on “interesting john wimber quote”

  1. Amen to that! What would the world look like if churches and Christians starting living their lives like we pretend we do? If “They” know what the church is supposed to look like, why then do “we” not know? And if “we” know, why don’t we do it? a great story that I will repeat and share. Thanks Marko!

  2. what a fantastic quote…it hit me pretty hard. It reminds me that the Gospel is alive and it comes down to love. People really do know what love is all about, we are just so messed up that we get in our own way. Thanks Marko!

  3. Hey Marko, as soon as I saw the quote (which was excellent) I guessed that you would have tons of comments by people as they grappled with it. I was surprised to see only a handful? Why is that? My guess is that for many of us (myself included) there is little room for actively helping the poor in our lives. I am seriously convicted about this, not just for myself but for the church as well. Keep up the great blog!

  4. The church is a reflection of God – even though it’s imperfect. (Its imperfection is not a reflection of God – but when we get it right we are a reflection.)

    The Church and the Bible are His message to this planet.

  5. I drive a taxi for 16 yrs in kc….been to wimber mtgs before. ..his Q to the cabbie is very holy and cutting….we should all ask ourselves “if God had a church what would it look like?”….then ask God for the Grace to start one….my cab is God’s church on wheels….anywhere you are where people can be touched by Jesus is your church. …..Jptaxi kc

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