We recently had a couple accept Jesus into their lives. Raw, real, new faith. A beautiful picture of lives instantly touched by Jesus. You can see life ﬂowing through them, a real joy and it overﬂows, its contagious, exciting to many, but to some its offensive. It challenges so many The Pharisees (religious leaders of that day) were offended by what Jesus was doing. They accused Jesus of blasphemy in relation to healing someone, for eating with tax collectors and sinners and for picking corn on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was meant to be a day of rest, where you were supposed to do nothing. It was outside their comfort zone, old ways and traditions.
Some people are more focused on rituals and religion rather than relationship. The church is not a building, the church is people. Creation, our earth, was made for us. In Genesis God told us to have dominion, enjoy, steward well, look after our planet.