Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”

He then dismissed service until next week.


27 thoughts on “Churchianity

  1. I loved this story,and tried to rebllog, but my application is just hanging. I will copy and paste it, and refer people to your blog. Have wonderful weekend!

  2. I am not a practicing Christian from a church-following point of view, but try to follow the “Golden Rule” in my way of life.
    This story supports my belief that many church-goers are not practicing what is expected of them and what they should be doing naturally.
    In the extreme cases, example George W Bush and other USP’s commit abominably un-Christian acts and force others to kill and maim on the basis of lies and deceit, and claim to be Christians and believers. Beyond my comprehension.

  3. going to church every sunday, listening to the message and not acting on it will take us to no where else than hell. Listen and act, thanks for the reminder!

  4. May the Body of Christ arise and BE who and what they are called to be … I don’t want to belong to a club … But to a mighty and powerful body of people that live the Gospel in freedom and in truth!

  5. Tho, I would like to think that I would not do what these people did, it is a great reminder about how Jesus would like us to treat others, no matter who they are.

    Praise God!

    1. I hope no one thinks I’m trying to act as if I’m righteous. I’m not what-so-ever! In fact, I feel that I sin too often and have problems believing I deserve Jesus’ love. I feel that I need him just as much as anyone!

      I do however try to not judge others and help when ever I can. I understand that any of us can come into a situation of not having a place to live or food to eat. In fact, I believe it will happen to many of us, possibly, very soon!

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