A few years ago I was watching Channel 7 News before going to sleep. Here is part of the script from the story I saw.
Is it any wonder that some people want nothing to do with churches?
It’s true that you don’t have to look too hard to find some reprehensible act being committed by a church member or pastor. It’s easy to get cynical because of a few bad apples. You may hear people who take delight in finding out all the rotten things that this church or that is doing.
The problem is repeatedly the same. Churches are stocked with humans and are prone to dysfunction just like any other institution, community or group of friends. So what do we do about the dirt that accumulates around churches?
Every church needs a janitor. No church stays clean and sin-free for very long. There is an ancient proverb that puts it this way.
This proverb (or wise saying) gives a picture of farming in the Middle East in ancient times. The word ‘ox’ referred to both male and female cattle. The job of an ox was to pull a plough and power a treadmill where the grain was threshed.
In the place where the ox was housed, you had the manger (crib). This referred to box or trough that the animal ate out of as well as the stall that the ox inhabited.
You could say it this way:
“Where no oxen are, the food trough remains clean of food and dirt. Where no oxen are, the stall itself remains clean of manure and dirt.”
It is common sense. Now let’s think of this proverb in light of the reality of churches.
Other scriptures use the ox to picture certain qualities and virtues that God wants to build into our lives. In Ezekiel’s vision he described a creature with the face of an ox, portraying the quality of service. Ministers are compared to the ox that treads out the grain. Paul referred to Christians as oxen when he spoke of the law that oxen and donkeys are not to be yoked together. He was talking about the inequity of believers and unbelievers trying to work together for the same spiritual goals.
So think of yourself as an ox, whether bull or cow and let us learn some spiritual lessons about cleaning the church.
 By Ray Sayah July 20, 2006. http://www.wxyztv.com/wxyz/ys_investigations/article/0,2132,WXYZ_15949_4858747,00.html