Friday, May 22, 2009

Ain't it Awful Out There...

You've heard it before. It's what you might call "ain't it awful" preaching. It just complains about society, about churches, and makes judgements about people in general. Yea. It's long on diagnosis and short on remedy. This kind of mindset makes Christians feel superior, but it rarely changes anything.

Instead of lighting a candle, it just curses the darkness.

The kind of preaching needed in churches (and in the mission field of our community) is the kind that changes lives! It's not enough to point out what's wrong - we must show the answer. What people need are fewer diatribes of what they "ought-to" do, and more instruction on "how-to" do it! Denunciation is easy... especially from the sidelines.

Great leaders initiate plans of action, while calamity howlers point out the defects in the plan of others. It's better to bless, than to rail.

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing (I Peter 3:9)

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