Another museum will open to the public this coming week in Paris. The Louis Vuitton Foundation Cultural Center & Contemporary Art Museum had its inaugural ceremony this past Monday for a select group of dignitaries and will open to the general public next Monday. Called “one of the most technologically sophisticated, artistically motivated buildings of his works,” the new museum/cultural center was designed by American architect, Frank Gehry.
The massive 126,000 square foot facility cost $135 million and took 10 years to build. French President Hollande called the new building a “cathedral of light” and a “miracle of intelligence, creativity and technology.” Gehry was the architect for the world famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He also designed the Weisman Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Experience Music Project Museum and the Vitra Design Museum.
When a museum opens its doors, it does so to celebrate the past. The way things were. The way things used to be. People come from far and wide to look at vast collections and varieties of exhibits, relics and remembrances of days gone by.
When a Church opens its doors, it’s supposed to be the exact opposite. Your past doesn’t matter, and while there’s no need to deny it, there’s also no need to defend, discuss or display it. The Church of the Lord, Jesus Christ isn’t about your past. Rather, it’s about your future. Not who you’ve been, but who you are becoming. Not where you’re been, but where you’re going.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Remember that the next time and every time you walk through the doors of your Church.
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.