Another week of blogging, another week of making much of people doing wrong in the name of Christ.
As I write this, I’m waiting on confirmation of facts to add to the sordid tale.
For the moment, however, I’ve risen out of the sewer to grab some fresh air and I wish to offer a different perspective.
We have spoken at length about a few leaders who have lost their way and seem unable or unwilling to find it.
What we haven’t spoken about are the people who actually enabled the leaders to be leaders and who are the clearer representation of the Body of Christ.
I’m speaking of the tens of thousands of men and women who gave, often sacrificially, to fund missions in India and Asia.
I’m speaking of multiplied hundreds who worked for this charity for little compensation both here and on the mission field.
They gave and they worked anonymously out of God given love for the least of these.
They have spent their time, their money, and their very lives, to try to live as they speak and claim to believe.
They have followed Jesus and they have obeyed Jesus as they felt He led them.
The leaders will be used to bring reproach to the name of Christ.
They will be used to malign the faith once delivered to the saints and those who hold to that faith.
They aren’t the ones we should be looking at.
For every one of these wolves in the sheepfold there are thousands of people who are trying to serve their God in spirit and truth.
They give and they work and they hope and they care and they pray and they try to do it right.
They repent …a lot.
Every time there is a need in their church, in their community, in this country, or around the world, they are the ones who respond.
They are also the ones who show up when your child is sick, the bills are due, the loss has been great, and hope is small.
They aren’t trying to make a name or a fortune, they’re just trying to be faithful and get home before dark.
They are the church, they are “the Christians”, they are the real Body of Christ.
They will hear “well done, good and faithful servant”, when they meet the One they have followed…even as they hear the scorn and mockery of this present world.
They are the only thing holding this whole damned mess together.
I’m speaking of a lot of you who are reading this.
Do not grow weary in your well doing… for the most of you are doing well, indeed.
God bless you as you’ve allowed Him to make His own application with your lives.
Thank you Michael….. hope you can get outdoors and enjoy this gorgeous Fall day…
Love you too,my friend!
Thank you, Michael. I sobbed for a while after reading this. Having you acknowledge all the anonymous souls like me who have given of themselves out of love and obedience to the Lord was such an encouragement. When your best is never good enough for your leader, and then you realize that your leaders have been deceiving you and everyone else for years, you realize that your trust, your faith, and your humility was all used against you. It shakes you. You wonder what you did wrong. You struggle to understand what happened. The words in your post were like the Lord saying “I know your life, and I know your heart. I know you feel punished for trying to follow me, but it wasn’t you who was in the wrong. I am pleased with you.” I needed to hear that.
Good words Michael. Thanks for propping up the Christians who are trying to, and doing, the RIGHT thing!
Those were the words I wanted you to hear…and I believe that God wanted you to hear.
Don’t grow weary, my friend.
Thank you, Dan!
There are many, many, who God is well pleased with despite the sins of some.
These are healing words to some wounded heats. This is beautiful, Michael.
Thank you, Nonnie…I hope that is the case.
Thank you, Michael ——
Thank you, Weary Traveler.
In this life, don’t ever give up and become weary in well doing. My heart is filled with tears in being reminded that none of this is in vain, so even if you don’t have a roof over your head and you don’t know if you will find food today or a safe place to sleep, think upon the many blessings that you do have and draw upon those memories where He has been there and brought you through the crucible with a strengthening of your faith, a deeper love relationship with Him and longing to be home, in His time and according to His good purpose. “And the things of the world grows strangely dim in the Light of His Beauty and Grace.
Sobbing, as well—–
Michael, i am so glad that you chose to write this today… somehow, the notoriety that we get is for our lame-brained leaders and those who exploit the Faith for personal gain…
the whole world is tired of politics it seems, let alone the Body of Christ in our pasteurized churches
Thank you, Uriah… there are better days coming that will never end.
#11 – that’s a fact, weary pilgrims
I can write negative stories about leaders all day long, for a very long time.
I could write even longer about the kindness and generosity of the the people of God that no one knows except the people they quietly touch.
The Holy Spirit of God is alive, well, speaking and working through His church…but often not through the ones who think they speak for Him.
i have been impacted deeply by the reports of the horrible acts being perpetrated on so many, to us, anonymous Christians in other parts of the world right now, thinking about the Exodus from Egypt where, in spite of jaw dropping miracles a whole generation declared that God wasn’t very nice or fair and folks i know personally and stories on this site and i realize this life has purpose only as it relates to God’s ultimate plan – we are truly on the side of the (good) angels – pray