Well here is my shortest blog post to date that issues forth from the heart of every local church pastor and leader…
Have you seen the “no drama” commercials for cars.com? They portray different scenarios in which car salesmen attempt to interject more pizzazz into the disappointingly straightforward, get-to-the-point car buying experience supposedly provided by their product.
I notice that many Christians don’t know how to do church without the usual drama that they associate with church activity. My concern is that we are losing not only our physical but also spiritual “drive” because we are encumbered by way too much unnecessary chatter, criticism, and the alliterated list could go on and on. (It is especially taxing upon your pastor and deacons who already long for less drama in the face of so much unavoidable, dark, spiritual resistance.) The assembly of the body of Christ is not the place for playing at drama; it is a battlefield. Without further ado or theatrics, here is a statement that will greatly help your local church stay focused on the battle for souls and building of disciples:
We are not in the stage or movie-making business. Our fulfilled desire for real, substantive drama doesn’t come from our words and wrangling. It comes from dynamic plot of God’s Word on the move upon the stage of our hearts, minds, and lives. Always.
Nowhere is this evidenced more than in the model, Thessalonian church:
1 Th 2:13 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.“