Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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Piecing some of my readings lately together seems disjointing which of course it is…but few of the readings I have been doing lately have led me to this thought of desperateness of the world, the poor, the sick and the influential positions in the church, and how do they all relate. I guess the connection is not that hard to see for most so its not brain surgery. But few quotes to explain my thinking lately: “Christianity is not for people who think religion is a pleasant distraction, a nice alternative, or a positive influence. Messy Spirituality is a good term for the place where desperation meets Jesus.” (Yaconelli) The second quote that keeps bouncing in my mind is a quote from an unlikely source for me to listen to and that is from Rick Warren: “The purpose of influence is to speak for those that have no influence.” These are powerful quotes. First desperation meets Jesus because he is ultimately the one and true peace giver. And the second is that any influence that we have has been given to us to speak for those that can’t: poor, sick, dying, ignored, shunned…the list can go for ever. I don’t mean speak for them as if they are not capable but I mean and I think Rick does also in a sense of justice, mercy and our given purpose to help! To love those that are rejected those that are desperate, those that lost all hope, to love them, not out of pity but out of genuine care. Because it is through this love that the desperate can meet Jesus… “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matt 25:45)

4 comments:

Incoming... said...

i think that is exactly the tension of authentic ministry. influence and desperation. we have often thought that people should influence our ministry - unfortunately this often leads us to consumerism. the problem that we face is that not many of us are willing to admit that we are desperate...

Paul Morgun said...

hmmm i like that Dale...I think i would say that ALL are desperate, no matter how we mask it...Interesting...

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