Truth be known, I love the pastor of the church I currently attend.
Though we differ in certain areas, theologically, I still love the bird! (Be advised, I am a former Marine and the vocabulary often unconsciously intrudes!)
Why, one might ask? How can you love one with whom you have such significant differences?
Well, Psalm 119:63 and Prov. 17:15 are sufficient admonitions for me.
He loves God.
He has a passion for the people of God and the advance of the kingdom of God.
Aside from that, I am still amazed at his willingness to countenance the contribution of one such as myself within the life of the church. That, alone, to me, testifies to his spiritual maturity.
Truth be known, he reminds me of myself 40 years ago, though he is far more competent than I could ever hope to be!
Then, in terms of the Providence of God, my eyes have been opened to a segment of the Body of Christ for which I had little appreciation, and of which, my theological education had been grossly biased.
But, God, in His infinite goodness, saw fit to prompt me to drop into The Movie Church in Sept. of ’05. Praise the Lord!
Since then, my religious education has been significantly, and might I say, profitably advanced.
But, and this is the reason for today’s post: sometimes my pastor…did I say just that “my pastor?” Is that what might be termed as Freudian Slip".
Well, that is a subject for another post.
Back to my point: sometimes the pastor gets things out of order.
In his passion, he is focused on Christians “doing”!
He is frustrated, and quite naturally, with the proliferation of Evangelical Holy Huddles, read: small groups!
For that, I rise up and call him blessed!
But, at the same time, I would humbly suggest he has things out of order.
Our focus ought to be:
Most of what comes to pass in the evangelical community today is a function of screwed up knowing.
Before Jesus sent the twelve or the seventy out to “do”, they had companied with Him!
Even then, they tended to initially screw things up! (It took a persecution to get them on track!)
If we, as believers are to be competent witnesses, whose lives evoke the questions Peter refers to in 1 Peter 3:15, then IMHO, knowing precedes Doing.
But, and more importantly, Being reinforces what is transmitted, propositionally.
I may be way off base, but it seems to me, after 40+ years in personal ministry, the reasonable order is:
And, I still love this pastor!