When you think about it, God could have saved Himself a lot of trouble by making all men look exactly alike and all women look exactly alike. He could have made it so they would have never disobeyed his commands in the first place. He could have done anything really, but He chose not to. He chose us, as we are – on our best days and on our worst ones.
When my grandparents went to church, they understood that the ministry was the task of pastor and missionaries. They were the ones out there, preaching the word to lost souls and un-reached people groups. My grandparent’s only obligation to the Church was to continue to show up, pay tithes, sing hymns, and listen to sermons.
But now this youngest generation isn’t content to show up and shut up. They … we … want more. We ask ourselves: Who better to reach out to a drunk than a recovering alcoholic? Who better to understand an addict than the guy that’s been clean for the better part of the year? Who better to comfort a young lady going through a crisis than the older woman who went through the same thing? Now I know there are some pastors and ministers out there that might have been drunks or addicts or went through a crisis – but in the majority of traditional churches, such a ‘history’ would disqualify you from service.
So why then, does God let such bad things happen to you? John 9 tells this story:
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.””
Admittedly, ‘it’s not your fault but you’re going through this so that God can be glorified’ isn’t the most comforting statement you can tell somebody going through a crisis – but it is time that the Church realized that by not accepting change, they’re effectively tying up God’s hands and feet. A generation of people want to go, be, do, help, act, comfort, feed, share, encourage, build, etc. … they … them and their histories is exactly what God needs to seek and save the lost. Pastors and Missionaries are too few and far away to be the best person for the task, but the good news is that there are hundreds of men and women ready and willing to do something. My advice: let them.