Saturday, November 10, 2012

Too Many Ministers, Not Enough Doers

The world doesn't need any more ministers. We need doers. We need people who fashion their life after Christ. To say less and do more. This is a radical way of life that cannot be measured by the size of a congregation or the splendor of a cathedral. This is working on the street with the poor. There is no need for a robe or a collar. They'll know who you are not by your words, but by your actions. Then you can proudly call you're a Christian, following in the footsteps of Christ. Then they can see what it is you're doing, and people can make their own judgments about how righteous or charitable it might be. Until that happens, a minister is wasting everyone's energy and time, hiding behind a pulpit, begging for more money to build a bigger building and pay themselves more. Each year they slide further down on the "significant profession" poll. They become more distant from the model Christ demonstrated for us as people who should give their possessions away and follow Him. And He didn't go to the country club or the temple, He went to the street. He declared those people His brothers and sisters, and did what He could to help. That's our calling. Sitting in that pew on a Sunday morning should be a time to rest and plan, not a time to pray and pay.

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