People are lazy

I could have easily ended up becoming a minister. Try to conceal your shock. That’s what I wanted to do throughout most of my childhood. As a teen, I rarely passed up an opportunity to speak or teach. I did those things without ordination or anyone’s stamp of approval. As an adult, I know that ordination ain’t for me. Bein’ God’s sheriff on earth completely misses the point of faith. My understanding of faith, limited though it might be, is that it manifests itself in helping people and teaching them to help themselves–whatever that might mean at the moment. In other words, you give people fish as well as the old cliche’ of teaching them to fish. Learning to fish takes time so, to prevent starvation, you’d better be giving out some fish in the short term.

Being effective often means that you’ve been there yourself. It does not mean that you are perfect or better than anyone else. Any good minister will tell you that but meanwhile said ordained minister is busy wearin’ a special clerical collar and driving a car with clergy plates. Pharisee syndrome. Or said minister won’t be seen hangin’ with the peeps who need the message. Sadducee syndrome.

If I’d followed my boyhood interest and become a minister, I’d have multiple ulcers right now. Backstabbing, pettiness, being judgmental and general dysfunction run pretty rampant in most churches–no matter how small or large. Doesn’t mean that faith is wrong…it means that people are imperfect and that birds of a dysfunctional feather flock together. It’s true.

Most of us don’t choose to be around what we need. Rather, we hang out where we are most comfortable. If you go to church at all, likely that’s how you chose which church to attend. Comfort level. If you don’t go to a church at all, stayin’ away is your comfort level. Most people are too lazy to actualize their God-given potential. Even though it’s not that hard.

That’s it. People are lazy. That’s my message. It’s not as unsettling as hellfire but it is old school brow beating and not at all inspirational. So it has those two things going for it.

Notwithstanding their flashy clergy license plates and clerical collars, most ministers do good work. I’m not disputing that. Not entirely anyway. But consider my main point. Ditch the tax-breaks, the license plates, the collars, and the contributions. You can do lots more good as a layman on the down low without a fancy religious title. There’s a cliche’ that goes, ‘I’d rather see a sermon than hear one anyday.’ And another thing, step out of your comfort zone, why doncha?

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~ by Tim Daniel on July 20, 2007.

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