And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the LORD their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the LORD has brought all this disaster on them.’
(1 Kings 9:8-9 ESV)
I hate seeing abandoned church buildings. I always wonder at the life and history of that church. What caused the church to close? It makes me think of Jesus letters to the seven churches in Revelation. What went wrong? What steps (or lack of action) brought a once vibrant church to it’s end? Any church that is seeing its end needs to look back at its history in light of scripture and ask “where did we go wrong & how can we make it right?”.