I have heard so many leaders talk about people getting hurt in the church, but nearly all the discussion was limited to blaming the people who were hurt, ridiculing them, or making weak arguments as to why they just need to come back to the local church. Let’s have a real talk about why ‘church hurt’ happens and what we can do about it.
Let’s face it. Samson made bad decisions, and God used him in spite of his bad judgment and lack of reverence for what God had given him. Similarly, many of us are stuck on stupid in a lot of ways, and like Samson we end up thinking we’re doing well because God has used us…
Here we continue our study of Samson as a powerful example of what it is to be a useful idiot within the Kingdom. That may seem harsh, but close observatios of Samson’s decisions reveals some serious defects of character which we can readily see in today’s church.
When I was a kid, I thought Samson was SO cool, but as a man I think he’s a jerk! Samson was so arrogant and irresponsible that God had to use his mess to get him to actually USE what God put in him. Let’s talk about how we can avoid being a useful idiot in the kingdom.
Leaders, it’s foolishness to complain about people not wanting to ‘sit under’ your leadership when your church is full of people whose life has no genuine direction outside of whatever role you’ve assigned them in furthering YOUR personal agenda of ministerial ambition. God may send some to specifically help with your vision, but most people will be sent to receive guidance for theirs. Until you can recognize that God’s ‘big picture’ is bigger than yours, don’t expect your church to grow much spiritually or numerically. #apostleship#lead4real