"Working like the devil for the Lord! - Anon
Doing the Lord's Work
Aren't people that claim to be doing the "Lord's" work doing
several things that are
destructive of spiritual growth and good human relationships? Let me
count some ways:
they acknowledging a paradigm of a superior God who is a boss, overlord
or controller and who must be served and obeyed, or else? How is this different from
"workin' for the man"?
they also setting themselves up as superior to others who are "merely"
taking care of themselves or pursuing personal goals?
they actually distancing and alienating themselves from others by this
claim of being spiritually distinctive?
maintaining this stance don't they remain in denial, don't they fail to
understand themselves and their true motives?
they really working for themselves and using this self-delusion as a narcotic to numb themselves and
insulate themselves from the realities of this world and the situation
in which mankind finds himself?
6) Aren't they using their "work" as a substitute for understanding and
believing what was revealed?
7) Aren't they overwhelmingly violating the spirit of, "Before you take anything away, you must have something better to put in
its place." -
Philip Jenkins says in an interview with Christianity Today:
...mission churches are providing a way for healing a great division in
Western Christianity, where they always find this distinction between
liberation theology, which aims to cure the material ills of society,
and deliverance, which aims to cure the ills of the soul. What the newer
churches have realized is that those two words are the same word. Any
kind of mission that does not cure both is offering a flawed, partial,
and inadequate message.
All well and good! Who can argue? BUT the focus of this Christian thinking
is on the mundane level–making things better in this world–and does NOT
address or resolve the greater "human condition". In the "Lord's Prayer" the
J-person does NOT teach us to
pray for these–worthy as they are–, but rather for the inauguration of the Kingship of the
Heavens. And this alone should be telling us something. Did he not say to his disciples at the well in the context of
doing the will and work of the Father, "I tell you, raise your sights!"?
Just curing the material ills of society and the ills of the soul will
not suffice. We naturally and legitimately want and need ever so much
MORE than this! Further in the interview Jenkins says this, "What
happens to the call to go and make Christians of all nations?"
What? The J-person did NOT demand or call for this, but rather authorized us,
ASSURED us that now we can WILLINGLY present the Gospel to all nations. But the very first and
ultimate criterion is knowing what the Gospel IS! You just cannot
legitimately conflate the two. When you understand the Gospel, you
realize you are working for not only mankind but for YOURSELF, and don't relate to it
as working for the Lord at all! The motivation does NOT come from
external command or demand, but is primarily inspired by the vision of
imminent personal payoff. Within the spirit of self-interest, is working for
the Lord a claim that we should make? Sound pretentious to me.