Things I Think
In essence, he wrote that those who speak prophetically to the church about the church must do so understanding that they are doomed to failure.
“If you’re going to embark on something resembling a prophetic activity you have to be willing to fail, fail miserably, and even be vilified for what you have attempted to undertake. You have to be willing to do it out of love for Christ and His people. Any motive less than that and you’re basically just doing it for yourself.”
The venerable Hatchet also posits that the reason why more will not speak prophetically is that failure is anathema to the church today.
I believe that WtH has nailed it.
No story has recent memory has left me as frustrated, perplexed, and depressed as the Gospel For Asia story has.
It seems so simple to me…the “ministry” has left it’s first love and the people who support it need to be informed of that.
A lot of people have been harmed and there needs to be recognition of this and repentance and recompense offered to them.
We should be able to recognize where we’ve sinned and failed, repent, restore, and move on.
These should be elementary actions for Christians.
It’s another war where the messengers and victims are accused of as much evil as the ones being called to repentance…it’s a war of attrition where the ones with the resources will wait out the opposition and then make the opposition pay for it’s insolence.
The prophets can no longer be slain, but they can be slandered and sent to the margins.
It’s always been this way and it’s always been wrong.
It has also always resulted in the church falling into judgment…because you can choke the throat of the prophet, but you cannot touch the One whose words they speak.
2. In regard to the ministry, there are no biblical categories of success or failure. There is only service and faithfulness where you have been called.
3. There is no such thing as a “friend” you can eliminate from your life with a keystroke…
4. It has been said that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference…and the greatest challenge I have is not becoming indifferent in the face of what I see.
5. There are times when I loathe social media…what keeps me connected are those times when it is actually used to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and to mourn with those who are mourning.
6. Social media enables me to be connected to people I’ll never meet or touch and stay completely disconnected from my neighbor…
7. I don’t believe that any progress in holiness or the Christian walk can be achieved until you are convinced that you are not good, but redeemed, and that there is a great difference between the two categories…
8. If love covers a multitude of sins, then lacking love leaves your sins uncovered…
9. Every time I teach through the Beatitudes I thank God for grace that covers a man who resembles none of them…and a Savior who embodies all of them.
10. The thing I hate most about winter isn’t the cold, but the early darkness… together they create an uncomfortable metaphor.