The following is a little story I made up to illustrate a point: A man came for a meeting with the pastor of his church and told him about three occurrences that he was involved with. First, he told about a family in the church that was struggling financially due to unemployment and they had run out of food for the week. Therefore he had given them some money. Next, he told about a neighbor who was in a car accident. He visited him in the hospital. Then he told about a relative of his who was depressed because his wife had died so he had spent some time with the man and helped him work through his grief. In anger, he asked the pastor “Where was the church for all of those people? They needed help and the church was not there for them.” The pastor replied, “I think the Church handled each situation very well, because you are the Church”.