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I am not trying to be pretentious. I want to be honest and transparent. I’ve experienced the problems that come with pride first hand. I have far too often allowed the sin of pride to hold sway in my life, and never been the better for it. The concern for “self” has served only to frustrate me and, too often, ripped joy from my life.
Make no mistake, pride is perilous. The prideful person contends with God himself. That’s a battle you don’t want to wage and cannot win.
But before it is freedom to something, our freedom in Christ is an assertion of our freedom from something. Christ’s people are free to eat shrimp cocktail, pork rinds, or chicken feet fundamentally because they are free from the Law. Our freedom in Christ is freedom from the commands or requirements of anyone other than our Lord, because he has fulfilled the Law on our behalf, having lived the perfect life we could not. No one can legitimately impose any requirements on us as Christians other than those Jesus Christ himself has for us as his people.
This is not overly complicated. But having unqualified elders and deacons can prove disastrous. I want to give you four basic reasons why it is not only God-honoring to have biblically qualified elders and deacons but pastorally wise and helpful.
All of the above might discourage us from pursuing diversity in our churches. Why do something that is so hard and make ministry that much more challenging than it already is? I’d like to suggest that the challenges presented above may actually be one of the most effective ways you make disciples.
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra:
A business executive, a technology guru, and a CEO consultant all walked into the pro-life movement.
Using skills they’d honed in the for-profit business world, they began to do something no one else was doing: reach and influence what the industry calls “abortion-determined” women, those who have already decided to end their pregnancies.
Seven years later, they’re leaders of a pro-life nonprofit called Human Coalition.
But implicit in this line from the Lord’s Prayer is also a sense of humility in the one doing the praying. We know that ultimately we can’t provide bread for ourselves. Ultimately, it is God alone who provides the basic stuff of life for us. But not only can we not provide what we need for ourselves, we actually don’t know what we need on a given day. When I think deeply about that fact, it’s incredibly humbling at best, and frightening at worst.
With the second in a series of wildly inappropriate films being released, this article is worth considering once again:
Everyone left that night, and no one spoke. Not a word. No one looked at the person they came with. Everyone had their heads down, walked out to their cars, and left.
We knew that what we had seen was not right. As we had watched this film, we had been violated.