|Ladder has been there on top of the entrance of the Church of the Sepulchre since 1854|
That's not just a rhetorical question.
When pilgrims visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, they will notice a latter right above the main entrance to the church. What is remarkable about this ladder is that it has been there since 1854.
What is the spiritual significance that it would be at such a prominent place in one of the most important churches in Christian history?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
But why is it there?
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is shared by six denominations: The Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Coptic Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and the Ethiopian Orthodox.
The problem is that these churches are so at odds with each other about who gets to use what space at what time, that they can't agree on anything.
The ladder stands above the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepluchre precisely because the churches that are stewarding this space on behalf of God can't work together.
How embarrassing and shameful is that?
Friends, when will we start acting like we're on the same team? Because until we do, we're not going to make much of an impact to a world who is laughing at us.