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Monday, September 16, 2013

Homeless 85 - Religious 15

This past summer, Rev. Willie Lyle (photo), newly-appointed pastor of Sango United Methodist Church, has delivered sermons over the years that challenged congregations to demonstrate the gospel of Christ. However, that is not what he decided to do on Sunday, June 23, his first day as the UMC’s new pastor.

A Message in a Dream

Three days after receiving the news in April of his appointment as the new pastor, he was awakened by a dream at 2 a.m. This dream was different from any in the past. In this dream, God spoke to him and told Willie to do something very specific, and God promised Willie if he would do this, then He would provide for Willie and protect him.

However, there was a problem. What God asked Willie to do was not something Willie wanted to do, and he had no interest in doing it. It was clearly out of his comfort zone.

In that dream, God told Willie that he needed to live on the streets of Clarksville, Tennessee as a homeless and hungry person. He challenged Willie to experience firsthand just what it was like to have nothing – no home, no money, no friends, no food on even a semi-regular basis, no nothing.
What God was saying to Willie was, “I hear you preach the word of God and share the message of Christ. Now, I want you to actually live it. And I want to hear how you liked having nothing and being treated with disrespect and disdain by almost everybody. I’m not finished. I want you to tell your new congregation about your experience and challenge them to make a difference in the world, beginning right here in Clarksville, Tennessee.”
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In your opinion, which of the following persons might resemble the lifestyle of Jesus the most?  Here is how the responders voted . . .
  • Protestant Pastor, 0%
  • Catholic Cleric, 7%
  • Sunday Church Goer, 0%
  • Daily Church Goer, 7%
  • Homeless Man or Woman, 85%
  • None of the Above, 0%
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