the longer i live…as a “christian”,…in the ministry, i become more and more convinced that seminaries (and perhaps many
sunday school “bible study/life group” classes) teach a course in how to be condescending, judgmental and rude to those who do ministry in a different way than how you’ve been indoctrinated taught.
those who minister within, volinteer at, and even attend C3 know they are expected to keep their head down when conversing with members of most other churches in this area…and when speaking to someone from another church’s staff…well, watch out! it’s usually best just to be as nice and complementary as you can, and avoid talking about anything of real value – like jesus’ passion, true life-change, or (heaven forbid) the unchurched (better known as “the great unwashed”). and if possible, don’t mention C3, or indicate in any way that you associate with a “church like that”…and don’t mention your pastor’s name – even under threat of bodily harm!
just some little tips if you want to fly under the radar…
only, the people of C3 rarely fly that close to the ground.
these local churches want to pretend like they’re switzerland…completely neutral – but when you mistreat the membership of C3 just because you “would never do it like that”; when you are purposely rude to a pastor’s wife (i’m not talking about myself…that would be redundant) just because you’ve heard gossip and slander; when you say things like “oh, you go to that church.” to a C3-er who’s at the bedside of her dying mother…
you are not neutral.
you should be ashamed.
i pray for you. because you claim to represent Christ.
to my fellow Christ-followers: keep the faith, hold your head up, and know that God sees (and the enemy hasn’t gotten any more original…well, since the beginning of time)!
EMBRACE BARBARIC GRACE.