Today I lost it a little bit.
For the past few years we’ve had a problem in our church with disrespectful and arrogant people—teenagers and adults alike. I see this as a type of culture problem. These people see those of us who work at the church as doormats over which they can tread and stomp on, as much as they like, and we just have to take it. They have no regard for the fact that what and when we as preachers teach and preach we do so because we are driven by the Holy Spirit. For them, it’s all about them and we have to obey and jump when they say jump.
It got me thinking about one scripture that has always fascinated me: John 2:15 where Jesus drove the people from the temple with a whip. Now I’m certainly nowhere near the point that I’m going to start chasing people with a whip, but there’s something in Jesus’ character here that appeals to me. Jesus didn’t take any nonsense when it came to the important stuff.
When it came to the things of God Jesus didn’t make any compromises. He always stood His ground.
I recently read a post from Danny Bowers where he was very honest about an aspect of ministry. I loved it. I lob this point in with the one I made above because I don’t think that we as youth workers are honest enough. We tend to only show the shiny side of ministry and swallow the bad things that happen. I’ve seen too many people burn out from this; I’ve seen too many ministries break down because of this.
Jesus was a no-nonsense, honest type of man. I want to be like that. Not freak out about the little things as I currently do, but be honest and without compromise when it comes to the important things in ministry and in life.
Today I lost it, but I’d like to think it was because I strive for the important stuff. I just have to be sure that I do it with the necessary love and respect of course.
How would you handle these kinds of problems?
Until next time