Talking Point: The Weak Things
I was recently asked what I look for in a church. Assuming biblical integrity and Christian love are already at play, my response is always the same: I look for a church filled with the marginalized. I’ve discovered these kinds of churches overflow with faith-filled prayer, passionate worship, and live aware of the mercies of God.
Biblically, my reasoning is simple: when we look at Scripture we discover a God who pursues those crippled in life. In 1 Corinthians we read:
26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God.
Apparently, the Apostle looked at who was in the room with him and had a hard time finding people who had it all together. Then he blamed God! Then he glorified God.
For those whose ministries are filled with “the broken,” take heart! When it seems all the talent is in the church down the road, don’t complain. Build. Invest. Promote. So long as biblical integrity and Christian love are at play, you are in a place God is at work.
What we know from history is wherever this mindset permeates God’s people, the church advances. And for good reason! I’ve discovered Paul’s insight can lead to an attitude that, over time, becomes less critical of others, less concerned with leveraging the influential, and more at liberty to walk alongside people in their messiness. That’s attractive.
So here’s my encouragement: stop being afraid of broken people! If you are walking in the light, then God has placed them with you for a reason. Build. Invest. Promote. Then watch the Lord do what only He can do.
Jonathan L Garland, VP for Student Development
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