KEEPING THE FAITH: Kingdom curriculum

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 13:55 PM.

He wrote in Romans 12, via Eugene Peterson’s folksy translation from the Message, “Since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”

My experience in the church is that we violate this very principle and attempt to force individuals “to be something they aren’t,” demanding that everyone do everything. We create fine “animal schools” that foster frustration, shame and false competition. Everyone ends up tepidly average, and we fail to allow individuals to develop their unique gifts and callings.

Not everyone can go on a mission trip, nor should this demand be placed upon them. Not everyone can preach a sermon or sing in the choir, nor should this be required. Not everyone can order life around the appointed worship and service times on the church sign, nor should this be a non-negotiable mandate. Not everyone will fit into the church’s well-ordered, highly structured, cookie-cutter curriculum, nor should there be the expectation otherwise.

We are all gifted differently — radically so — and people must be allowed to explore, expand and enhance their distinct talents. People must be given space and place to “do their part,” whatever part that is. It’s a principle that works, not only in the animal kingdom, but also in the kingdom of God.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.



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