The cost of trashing the church!

I recently read in a Mississippi travel map that $3.2 million is spent every year picking up trash along the state’s highways. A thought provoking declaration then says, “This money could be used to build and repair roads and bridges – things that improve our state’s infrastructure and economy.”

From that statement a thought sprang into my mind … how much of the church’s resources do we have to spend cleaning up all the trash strewn upon her by the very people of which she consists? How much more progress could be made for the name, the works, and the kingdom of Christ if we did not have to deal with the unnecessary garbage so carelessly, or intentionally, used to mar her beauty for all the world to see?

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!” (1 Corinthians 6:1-6 NKJV)