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September 12, 2017 at 15:19
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Well, Mr. Fry; When you’re right, you’re right!
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September 12, 2017 at 15:50
Thanks for sharing!
September 13, 2017 at 11:08
I don’t know how I feel about that one…
I honestly think that there are times – seasons, perhaps – in which we are called to be nothing but hearers-of-the-Word. There is nothing shameful in that, to be one who “merely” receives that which God so clearly wishes to lavish upon us.
I understand that the church needs hands that are willing to serve – I get that. Yet it is God Himself who raises up prophets and apostles to be His Servants of the Word. By pressing others to “serve”, it implies that we don’t trust God to do what He promisesb that is to build and sustain His church through the ages so that even the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
At the church I currently attend, the pastor encourages new members to NOT serve on any committee for the first year. For the first year we are encouraged to simply come and *receive*. You have no idea how HARD that was for me, and I think that says something about all of us – how we have this innate desire to take back control with our own hands as opposed to simply trusting that God has already got this.
Martha got pissed at her sister for not helping out when Jesus came to visit, and yet what did Jesus tell her? He told her she was being foolish for treating the situation as if it were a crisis to be solved – the Lord is here!! Get busy! The truth is, there is no crisis precisely BECAUSE the Lord is here. Mary understood this and was commended for it.
The same is true today – THERE IS NO CRISIS. The Lord who is the same yesterday, today and always is here, and He is in control.
By all means, go and serve when and where you are called to do so – not out of the obligation of crisis, but in response to faith, that God who has begun this good work in us WILL bring it to completion among all His people. God doesn’t actually NEED our help here; rather he allows us the privilege of being co-workers in His Kingdom. It is a great gift that He gives to us, yet how quickly we would turn it from “gift” to “obligation”! That should give us great pause.
Finally, I am concerned that the sentiment in the meme marginalizes Christians who are unable to participate in visible church work for whatever reason. The elderly widow who comes to church Sunday after Sunday, but is physically unable to sit on a committee, is no less a co-worker in the Kingdom than the SuperMember who sits on them all. They simply have different roles to play within the Kingdom, according to their station in life. All are gifts from God, and should be honoured as such.
So yeah, i get the sentiment of the meme (it’s cute, because we’ve all experienced it) but I’m not entirely convinced it’s a helpful one. I think in this case it perpetuates a potentially false-faith narrative.
I know…I’m a bummer… 🤣
September 13, 2017 at 11:46
Nah, you are never a bummer! I always appreciate your perspective, and you actually have a good one on this in a whole bunch of ways. I must confess to occasionally tossing something out that might be open to discussion, just to see where it all goes. Shame on me eh? So, I think you have made valid points here.
Now, the narrative around this that is not a false one, is the one about the folks who seriously think an hour on Sunday morning is all their Christian lives are about, and that they have done God some big favor by being there, and should be honored for this vast sacrifice.
So, all the folks truly answering their calls, or unable to participate for very good reasons? They can gladly ignore me. Actually they can’t because I talk to many of those people every week; many of theme are on WordPress for those very reasons. But, the folks who just want to shoe horn God into one hour of their lives every week? That narrative is quite real.
By the way…it’s nice to see you around I’ve missed your input.
September 13, 2017 at 14:04
I’m kinda in the same boat with Anita… Sometimes it seems the church (local buildings) keeps adding and adding to the list of special activities designed to bring people together. I don’t mind working but am not a big fan of socializing activities. Maybe I’m just an old fuddy dudd… Be quiet Wally..
September 13, 2017 at 14:11
The correct spelling is fuddy “duddy” LOL. I also get where you are both coming from, and I’m not really thinking of those maybe not necessary things, but the needful things that so many decline to help with, as in their minds simply hearing a sermon once a week constitutes all the active service they are interested in, and carry on as if that is a great contribution and sacrifice. But, I do understand where you are both coming from. What is ironic is that we actually don’t have any “committees” at our place. We do however, have plenty to do and thank God many willing to do them.
September 13, 2017 at 15:49
I keep forgetting that cultural Christianity is a thing in America, and maybe it continues to be in the more rural parts of Canada, but here in The Center of the Universe (aka southwestern Ontario!) we have moved beyond that and fully into a post-Christian age where being Christian is treated as “quaint” and a bit of a curiosity, perhaps even a bit *counter* cultural. Trust me, if you’re going to church every week around here, it’s NOT to blend in, lol. It’s very much against the grain.
For the folks who think an hour on Sunday is all the Christian life is about, I guess I would have to say they probably have bigger issues than not serving within the church community; they’ve got a problem with the heart, with the nature of faith itself. In which case, perhaps sitting in a pew is where they ought to be, because the Gospel does not seem to have sunken in! When the Gospel does it’s work, then works of service can’t help but flow out of the believer; they come forth, unbidden, as a fruit of faith. The good tree does not produce good fruit because it “decides” or “wills itself” to – it does because it was created and nurtured to do so.
Jesus told us that tares WILL grow up amongst the wheat. We shouldn’t be surprised by this. But notice that Jesus DOESN’T tell us that we need to treat it as a crisis. When He is asked what ought to be done with them, His answer is to leave them be for the Master sort out and decide what to do with them. There’s really no point to asking a rare to produce fruit; it CAN’T – it’s a tare, and tares don’t produce fruit. It’s kind of their defining characteristic, lol!
I’m glad to be back, btw! It was a busy summer for me, I had two of my grandsons for the whole summer. They’re great kids and we made some great memories, but I wasn’t unhappy to have to send them back to school. Granny ain’t as young as she used to be!
September 13, 2017 at 16:00
I so get that not as young as I used to be thing! I am right there with you!
September 13, 2017 at 16:01
Humbling, ain’t it? 😂
September 13, 2017 at 16:02
Well, ironic too. When I was 45 and new in church I made a lot of fun of the guys who were in their early to mid 50s. Well, now that’s me and they make fun of me now LOL.
September 15, 2017 at 12:14
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