still getting my butt kicked by Plan B. in the chapter entitled “Me Too” Pete is talking about authenticity in community.
I’m afraid there is a pervasive assumption in some Christian circles that once you give your life to Christ, once you’ve become a Christian, you need to at least act like you’ve got it together. I remember once hearing pastor Matt Chandler describe it like this: “We want you to bring your Bible, but not your problems.”
Isn’t that an unfortunate word picture to describe so many of our churches? Bring your Bible, bring your religion, bring your mask, look pretty. But whatever you do, don’t be a whiner. Don’t ask questions, don’t be a pain, don’t be a burden. This attitude is a community killer, and it’s doing immense damage to the body of Christ.
I’m not sure exactly where this attitude comes from, but I think it originates with fear. We don’t want people to share their broken dreams, hurts, and their pain because we’re afraid we won’t have the answers. Even worse, we might have to face our own brokenness instead of pretending we’re headed for the winner’s circle.
so, are you pretending you don’t have problems? do you act like you have it all together? how would our ministries change if we were real and authentic? how would our lives begin to heal if we just surrendered these things over to God?
Pete Wilson’s Plan B
i’m caught up in chapter’s 7 and 8, but this stuck out to me in chapter 8 today.
We’re called to be faithful to God even when it seems He hasn’t been faithful to us. We’re called to love Him even when we feel abandoned. We’re called to look for Him even in the midst of darkness. We’re called to worship Him even through our tears.
are we living up to our calling, or are we allowing our circumstances to dictate how we think God should operate in our lives instead of how He actually does?
Pete Wilson hit this one clean out of the stadium!!!
I think sometimes we miss it in the church because we pay so much attention to our words instead of our environments.
Environments are more powerful than words, no matter how carefully those words are crafted.
For instance, if you attend a church, we all know that the most carefully crafted message of the week is the “sermon.” But this law of communication says that over time sermon truth will lose out to environmental truth when the two conflict. Therefore, if your church teaches forgiveness, yet your environment is critical and blaming, then church members learn alienation rather than reconciliation. If your church teaches the importance of community, yet your environment is unfriendly and uncaring then church members learn apathy rather than concern.
So our work in church is to ensure that our church environments align and conform to, rather than conflict with, our well intentioned messages.
over at withoutwax for this one. check out his blog. it’s typically very thought provoking.
this video made my day, so i’m reposting it here for your enjoyment. i love me some choir…?