Today we are hosting a car wash at church to raise funds for local youth work. The funds will go towards the cost of sending the young people to South Africa to build a school. If you are interested you can find out about the youth mission project by clicking on the link. As well as making a difference to the children who will attend the school, it will be a life changing moment for those flying there as well.
The video reminds me of a family holiday in France. We were stopping in a hotel with automated toilets. My son probably not much older than the boy in the video went into the cubicle immediately after my daughter without the door closing in-between . It seems that the door then sealed the lights went off and the unit was washed down and sprayed clean with my son still inside. He’s never been the same since!
This prompted me to explore origins of the phrase cleanliness is next to Godliness! It’s origins are uncertain but John Wesley in one of his sermons wrote, “Slovenliness is no part of religion.’Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness”. I can understand Wesley saying that at the time due to his methodical approach to life and the people that he probably came into contact with on a daily basis. Yet forgive me for saying this but biblically that doesn’t wash with me. There is an often miss quoted bible passage at Matthew 5:45 where we hear that the sun shines on the righteous, but very rarely hear that it shines on the unrighteous as well. Perhaps we need to hear that cleanliness and uncleanliness is next to Godliness. Or an alternative rewording could be, if you smell sweet or unsavoury God still loves you.
There are no plans to scare any children today at the car wash even if they are dirty behind the ears!