The Taxi Cab Church
As we grow in our understanding of what a biblical church should look like we come away with a sense that Jesus was not about doing “church” in a time and space. He gathered people wherever he was, in a temple or in the fields people flocked to him. He proclaimed the coming kingdom to them wherever he happened to be.
We are not Jesus and most of us are not called to live like a homeless nomad traveling from town to town. So how can we fulfill this scripture text from Matthews gospel? (check out the rendering of these verses from The Message.)
Matthew 5:13-16 (New International Version)
Salt and Light
13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Acts 2:46-47 (New International Version)
46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Living life with friends and family and then talking about their changed life must have been a lifestyle not just an event.
So what does a taxi cab have to do with church? I dare say we have all seen taxi cabs. But how many of us have seen the taxi cab depot?
The job of the taxi is to go to the people and take them where they need to go. No one goes to the depot and then the taxi takes them to their destination. In the same way we must go to the people instead of waiting for them to come to our church. We may not have the nicest facility, the most updated media, but then again what good does all that do, if we are failing to reach our neighbors and friends with the gospel? It’s like having a taxi depot look like the Taj Mahal while the taxis set on the lot getting dusty and broken down, it just doesn’t make sense and from a business standpoint it’s crazy.
We should be like the taxi drivers in the TV show Taxi Cab Confessions but, steering the deeds we do and the conversations we have toward our wonderful Jesus and his restoring work. Messy work, you bet, but God has equipped us through the Spirit and the Word to do it.
If the taxi cab is not on the road it is not fulfilling its calling.
The taxi cab companies pour their money into the cabs not the building that the cabs come back to after a long day on the asphalt. Likewise we want to pour our resources into people and not a building.