Wow, didn’t see that one coming. Even though the feedback on the video was overwhelmingly supportive, the video that I posted on that missional guy a couple of days ago generated more negative responses than I expected.
Today we had our regular meeting of elders at our church and they gave me some helpful feedback.
One said that if I wanted to confront someone that I thought was in error, that I should take the best of his position not his weakest points. The video portrayed the inconsistencies of the character’s position while not affirming the good that the character was doing. Yep, I admit to this one.
Another elder at the meeting today said that of all the things issues that we need to deal with that may be controversial this on isn’t a high priority. At least two of them let me know that they wished that I had not made the video the way that I made the video. This did make me pause and listen.
The other lesson that I don’t want to miss that some people are not finding a place of service from within the church. Instead of blaming them for lack of involvement, it is time to turn the spotlight back on the church and ask why. Our elders today decided to get together to discuss this in two weeks and consider how we can align ourselves even more closely with what the Bible teaches about helping the needy in our community and around the world.
I want to concur that churches do sometimes spend too much on themselves, have little interest in the world outside of their own community, only care about their own programs, or do little to help the poor, orphans, etc.
I think we can agree that this conduct is inappropriate and we should work together to correct it.
Here are some of the points that I was trying to bring out, there really are people who:
- Continually benefit from the church and do not consider giving back anything to the church
- Criticize a church’s buildings and staff while benefiting from them
- Create separate structures to avoid being under anyone’s authority
- Ignore or belittle missions efforts that the church does
- Cherry-pick ministries to fund while ignoring overhead ministry expenses (no one has a vision for the electric bill at church, everyone likes the lights to be on)
- Overemphasize missions advocacy as a substitute for direct ministry to people
- Demean family ministry and other church ministries as unimportant
- Get involved in international ministry to avoid local relationships
- Have an arrogance that they are doing more and better than a local church
- Notice a weakness in the church and instead of using their gifting to correct weakness, just walk away and begin criticizing the church
- Think that any approach to addressing human needs must be a good one if the person meeting the needs says he is “called.”
Good discussion everybody!