‘What’s your status?’ Is usually asked to find out what a person is doing and where they are right now. ‘Status’ comes from the Latin word ‘Stare’ meaning ‘to stand’. It was often used as a legal term in the 18th century.
There was a time a person’s status, or station, in life was fairly simple: either wealthy enough to own servants, or poor enough to be the servants of wealthy masters. Even the wealthy masters were usually servants (in a different way) of the authority over them – usually royalty. In essence, few people had truly free status.
Even in the churches, there was a time when people had to go through the priest to get to God. Their status was secondary, the priests were primary – set apart, made holy and above them. Even the music – it was sung to the people, never would they be allowed to sing along.
Then one day, a guy did the equivalent of posting his complaints about the church online. This was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and many ideas were rethought. One of which was to put the regular people on the same status as the priests and allowing them to sing along with hymns in their own language.
Sadly, over the centuries, status has crept back into the church. It says who can do what and who can’t. It’s so not what Jesus wanted: “25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” – Matt 20:25-28
Instead of trying to be a big name author / pastor with a following of tens of thousands why not try to be the best servant? Instead of perpetuating a cycle of status – “me first” – thinking, why not give up the first place in the line and let the person at the end of the line go first? Instead of using your authority to keep things ‘the same’, why not make changes that make things more equal for everybody? After all, aren’t we to be the opposite of the world – and not just like it?