Showing posts from August, 2014

Just "Getting Along" is Not an Option

Perhaps you've heard the old question, "Can't we all just get along?"  Sounds good doesn't it?  However the truth of the matter is that "we" followers of Christ and "they" followers of self and sin will never and were never intended to "get along".  In 2 Corinthians 6:14 Paul warns the Corinthian church members against being "unequally yoked".  I like the translation of the Holman Christian Standard Bible; "Do not be mismatched with unbelivers.  For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness" This was written by a man (Paul) who spent a lot of his time with unbelievers.  He gave his reason for this in the first letter he wrote to the church at Corinth in 1 Cor. 9:19-23.  I'll only put verse 23 in this post.  "Now I do all this because of the gospel, so I may become a partner in its benefits."  

We will never be completely isolated…

A Better Way

One of the most difficult tasks in a local church is that of the annual Nominating Committee.  Because of the way many churches are organized, there are certain "jobs" that call for people to tend to either alone, as officers of the church, or in committees.  Some of the committees are called "Standing Committees".  That doesn't mean that they hold their meetings standing up (although that might not be such a bad idea)  It means that each member serves for a specified period of time from 1 to 3 years and then "rotate" off.  Other committees call for annual service.  The Nominating Committee is faced with the daunting task of seeking people to fill all the open slots on the committee chart, getting their permission for their names to be presented to the church and then bringing their recommendations to the church for a vote.  This calls for extensive prayer, time, phone calls, visits and meetings. Invariably there are hurt feelings, bruised egos and ov…