Facebook post by “Clergy Coaching Network”
“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state,
but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic
of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal
it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
And a selection of comments …
I have problems interpreting what was intended for a theocracy to be for a non-theocratic state like America.
Jesus was very political.
But that prophetic zeal must always be tempered with discernment to assure that the Holy Spirit is behind the message.
What does he mean by prophetic zeal?
Read Amos or Micah or Hosea.
And “theocracy” … ?
“Theocracy, government by divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. In many theocracies, government leaders are members of the clergy, and the state’s legal system is based on religious law. Theocratic rule was typical of early civilizations.”
And “prophetic” … ?
“The adjective prophetic traces all the way back to the Greek word prophētikos, meaning “predicting.” You know who’s really good at predicting stuff? Prophets. Usually, prophetic is used to describe a thing — like a warning, a feeling, or a complaint — rather than a person.”
And “zeal” … ?
“Zealous is the adjective for the noun zeal “eager partisanship”; the latter has a long e, but zealous has a short one: ZEL-uhs. It can have a slightly negative connotation, and people are sometimes described as “overzealous,” meaning they try too hard.”
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More and more I see the
clergy “qualified (in God)” having this consequence.
All the theological-and-seminary-production-line-consequence of a bible “authorised” by scholars (themselves previously qualified in God). Just seems too familiar – a constant throwback to the good old (biblical) days when Jesus kept saying:
“You have seen it written but I say … “
All the theological-and-seminary-production-line-consequence of … “Let’s get back to the original Greek” … “Scholars are agreed that this definition – “ … “If only you would actually study your bible (like I do) – “ … Just like the good old (biblical) days when Jesus kept saying:
“All of that don’t get you close to God … “
I have a job.
When something goes wrong we go forensic: “What happened, why did it happen, how can we stop it happening again?” And I find myself suggesting that instead of yet another “process change” – we just care a little more and a little better. That we remember why we are doing “this” and who we are doing “this”for.
In my job it is a bunch of wonderful human beings we call a “temp team”. A bunch of “temps” who are our company out there in all these different Client’s premises. A bunch of human beings just like us – with lives to live, bills to pay, people they love, frustrations and hope and dreams and comfort zones.
And we can “process map” the hell out of “caring for them” … But just “caring for them” – loving them for who they are, what they are and where they are … always!
That gets the job done.
qualified in God clergy have a job.
And it isn’t “working for the church”. It isn’t about running a slick operation called the church. It isn’t about being qualified in God. It isn’t even about NOT being a “false teacher” (more deja vu … “You have seen it written but I say … “)
And I find myself suggesting that instead of yet another debate about “going back to the original” for yet more “spiritual discernment” …
We just care a little more, a little better. That we remember why we are doing “this” and who we are doing “this”for … for a bunch of wonderful human beings who are neither “our flock” nor “the lost” … but a bunch of humans just like us with lives to live, bills to pay, people they love, frustrations and hope and dreams and comfort zones.
And we can “correctly interpret” the hell out of the bible “caring for them
correctly” … But just “caring for them” – loving them for who they are, what they are and where they are … always!
That gets the job done.