I jump up on the soapbox this week. Comments/Feedback appreciated!
So, I’ve been active with my Ministry for about three years now. One thing I’ve learned through it all, is that there are so many divisions among us that it gets to be quite the minefield as you encounter other folks in Ministry. I’ve been called every name in the book as far as my approach and my basis goes. Heretic, liar, pervert, candy coated preacher, and then they start getting mean. In my question today, I guess I want to ask why we feel it necessary to do these kinds of things?
The most common question I get asked is why I don’t talk about sin enough. I guess when it comes down to it, I see my goal as a person involved in Ministry, is to follow “The Great Commission” and my goal as a Christian is to be like Christ to as many people as I can, as best I can. The term Christian translates to “little Christ” so I reckon that’s what we should aspire to if we decide to take on that label. So, let me go ahead and clear a few things up so we don’t get confused or agitated as I move forward: Sin is real, Satan is real, Hell is real, and without Jesus all three are what will consume us both now and in the ultimate end. Are we good with that? Great, now, here’s where my approach comes in, when it comes to sin, we’re ALL guilty. Yep, don’t care who you are, that is unless the big guy Himself is reading, you’re all just as guilty as I am, and vice-versa. Jesus broke it down pretty simple for me when He said that whole thing about not worrying about the speck in my brother’s eye, when I’ve got a plank in mine. I see my job as showing people that they are loved, regardless of the fact that they’re broken and imperfect, I am too, and it’s all because He loved us first.
It boggles my mind how so often we point out each others flaws so quickly before we can own up to our own. It seems to me that our greatest weapon in showing people that they can get on the same boat we are is that whole “boast in my weakness” thing, because if people know how broken you are, and you still feel good about your salvation, that’s awful enticing. I know Jesus points out in Matthew 18 that if a person keeps on sinning we should go to em in groups and so forth and end up “treating them like a tax collector”, but if you know anything about Matthew, you know, the guy that recorded that whole talk in the book, which is why it’s attributed to him, his name used to be Levi, and his vocation prior to hanging out with Jesus was tax collector. Seems to me that between Levi/Matthew and Zacchaeus, we’ve got a pretty good example that Jesus treated tax collectors pretty well when it all comes down to it. So, let me repent of my pride, and go ahead and let you know that this kind of thing really gets me going, and quite often leads to prideful/vindictive thoughts of taking these people who use this “point out the flaws” method down a few pegs. I’m only human, and sin is what we do, but thank God, He sent His only begotten Son to die on that cross, so I, and you, and you, and you can all be forgiven of those sins.
Zach is a father, husband, and social media addict that describes his approach to faith as being a “Charismatic, Evangelical, Anabaptist that loves Catholic tradition, or just a plain old ‘lover of Jesus’ for short. He is the Youth director at Poages Mill Church of the Brethren and hangs out with an odd group he calls the “Holy Burrito Crew”.