Thursday, June 21, 2012
On Being Dogmatic
Be more patient with people in the church, with other ministers and schools of thought.ONe thought ran through my mind when I read that - YOUTH.
—Matt Chandler, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas
Not be so dogmatic and blunt.
—Robert Emmitt, Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas
IN our youth we are all so convinced of our rightness - not righteousness, rightness. In our youth we simply lack the humility that only age, and getting kicked around by life can develop in us.
These quotes comes from asking successful pastors what they would "do-over" about their ministries.
Which brings me back to yesterday's post about the gate-keeping function in the church. Gatekeepers in part keep a check and boundary on youth - often supplying the very "knock around" the youth need. Of course youth, more than anyone, hate such functions.
It also seems like as we grow older we have less energy to perform the function - and there is the problem.
With age and wisdom comes responsibility. It is time we exercised it. Other ise we are as selfish as the youth the deride.