There’s a story in the Bible that takes place in a small town called Capernaum that illustrates the lengths we should be willing to go so that people can experience the real Jesus. In this story, some friends were trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus, and the text (Luke 5:19) says, “When they could not find a way…”
Before we go on, I want to ask: What do you do when you can’t find a way?
The Greek verb tense lets us know they had been trying and trying. They had walked around the house looking for a way in, trying to squeeze through the crowd, but the people wouldn’t let them through.
Again, what do you do when you can’t find a way?
• You could go back to your friend and attempt to justify that you tried. But every time you’d see your friend lying on a mat, you’d wonder if you could have done more.
• You could put it off and try again later. In some ways that seems like the responsible thing to do. Just wait…maybe a door will open. But you’ve come this far, and what if this is the only chance you get?
I think sometimes we justify our inaction: It’s too impractical…too embarrassing…too expensive…too distracting to other people. It’s too risky…what if it doesn’t work? There are so many people, and it’s just one person…this is somebody’s house, and they’re going to be upset…there’s no way to get this one person to Jesus without upsetting a lot of other people.
Yet, when they couldn’t find a way, they tore a hole in the roof to get their friend to Jesus.
So…what do you do when you can’t find a way? That question brings us to a mantra we have as a church: Wreck the Roof.
Wreck the roof means that we are going to do whatever it takes to get one person to Jesus. Wreck the roof means that we are going to have bias for action—and we are going to value risky innovation, doing whatever it takes to get one person to Jesus. Wreck the roof means that when the door is closed and the windows are shut, we don’t say, “Well, we tried. It just didn’t work out.” When getting one person to Jesus seems too impractical, too expensive, too messy, or too risky, we remember our mantra: Wreck the Roof.
For 60 years, our prayer and our heart as a church has been that each of us would do whatever it takes to experience the real Jesus. We hope this issue inspires you to live with that same kind of intentionality.
Southeast Christian Church