Monday, October 22, 2012
Indigestions/Inspirations During a Sunday Afternoon Ordination
After two glorious worship services in the morning with so many new faces so hungry and thirsty for an authentic relationship with Jesus detached from plagued, polluted, and spiritually paralyzing religions being sported by pewsitters and pulpiteers who've taken the Jeffersonian approach to revelation and torn out Matthew 23 and 1 Corinthians 1 from their Bibles, I spent the afternoon presiding at a memorial service for a dear saint and then participating in the ordination of someone who actually, really, no kidding, still loves Jesus even after seven years of lower education concomitant to religious more than Christologically related scrutiny.
Or something like that.
I heard a great sermon and charge to the new pastor by two friends who are on the verge of bold, courageous, and faithful leadership in their franchise because, uh, well, uh, they're getting closer and closer and closer to Jesus and that eventually ends up taking on...
All of the participants were into Him; and the moderator led with a firm yet gentle and faithful style.
I was tired when I arrived; but energized as I worshipped under inspired leadership and left for dinner with an old friend from First who was back in town for the weekend feeling really, uh, refreshed.
Of course, I hope someone has cautioned our new colleague in a Matthew 10 kinda way.
C'mon, be honest.
The only people who get ordained who don't get hassled and hated by the enemy's agents who are always slipping and slithering around "faithful" churches are the good humor women/men who agree with the last person they've talked to, uh, to get along, be liked, and not be hassled or hated for being too closely identified with Jesus and heralding the good news that He loves us just the way we are while loving us too much to leave us just the way we are. You know, uh, that salt and light thing.
Read Matthew 5-7 if you've forgotten the theme of the last paragraph.
Anyway, I've often felt the fourth stanza of Hopkins' hymn of 1857 ("We Three...") is a must for any worship service including an ordination to undershepherding ministry.
Look it up.
That's true for everyone who's been true - more than less or trying at least - to Jesus; and false for everyone who's not been...
Deal with it.
If you're one of those pewsitters or pulpiteers who's liked by everyone, that includes the bad guys and their leader who's trying to steal salvation from people starving for a relationship with Jesus not a religion kinda related to Him.
Jesus said that.
Truth is we've already got too many Democrats, Republicans, Masons, Shriners, Lions, Elks, Moose, 81s, 1%ers, Baptists, Episcopalians, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Congregationalists, Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, EVFs, AGs, and...with all of their idolatries, separations, and segregations so insulting to the One who sacrificed Himself for peace, unity, and purity and so damningly distracting from the only One who saves here and now and forever: "You make your converts twice as fit for...as you are yourselves!"
We need more, uh, Christians.
We need more people who want to come together through Him than separate and segregate in defiance of His best intentions for peace, unity, and purity.
Or something like that.
I thought about that during the offering at 3:00 p.m.
You can't have your cake and...
Read Psalm 133.
Read John 17.
The problem comes from us and solution comes from Him.
Go ahead, pals, trumpet those idolatries, separations, segregations, and schisms!
Go ahead, rationalize 'em!
Go ahead, be a loyal company woman/man!
Feel the pride?
But be careful; for it's very, very, very close in a diabolical way to blasphemy against...
And not knowing what that means can/will be very, very, very...
Cowman: "This is the blessed life - not anxious to see far down the road nor overly concerned about the next step, not eager to choose the path nor weighted down with the heavy responsibilities of the future, but quietly following the Shepherd, one step at a time."
Blessings and Love!