Well, truthfully, I wonder about the cyber SBC. I wonder why so few bloggers I encounter in the SBC circles share the same view on faith, ministry and missions. Even when they claim to hold the same doctrinal views, they heatedly debate those doctrines and how they should be applied and implemented within the church body.
I wonder why I can write a positive post about positive things going on in the lives of others, and when I solicit similar stories, I get slammed with all the negativity in another's church problems. Does God not work in the lives of the churches? Can we not smell the fragrance of the rose? Must we always focus on the thorn pricks when we gather the bouquet? The World-Wide-Web is a big mission field. Can they see the gospel from our blogs and writing? I wonder.
I wonder about the young seminarians and young tech savvy minsters in churches, who surf, twitter and friend one another. Do they have any mentors? I wonder.
My husband pastored for 23 years in Kentucky. There were many difficulties we dealt with in ministry. However, the blessings and progress far outweighed the trials and blockades. Through the difficulties and mistakes we made, we gained an insight akin to the grandfathers of everyday life today. People like to mow grampa's lawn, stuff themselves with grama's Sunday dinner. But they have no need to inquire or solicit their 6 to 7 decades of wisdom. Just like the adolescent teenager who rebels against a parent who just don't understand, they go their own way.
There are so many God-led, wise ministers who have weathered the difficulties of ministry--have learned from mistakes. Do the young and struggling ministers seek wisdom from these God-called, seasoned ministers? Or are they content to have their ears tickled, teased, and taught by their peers who are young and struggling and, toying with making church relevant. Many of whom have not even finished seminary, let alone served more than a couple of years in a church. Do any of the young ministers have older, wiser mentors as Paul was to Timothy? I'm not talking about someone ten or fifteen years older. I'm talking about men who have been in ministry for 20 or 30 years. So much wisdom. So little tapping into it.
I wonder why most conversations deal with what is relevant. Never mind making church "relevant", worship "relevant", Bible study "relevant". Who makes Jesus relevant? Where are all the posts on Jesus? Where are all the discussions of how marvelous and mind-altering the words of Christ were to the pharisees? Where is the encouragement? How has Jesus manifested His presence in your life this week? Last week? Today. Where is the love? What are you doing others know you are Christians by the love you show the brethren? Where is the grace so many write about yet fail to reveal in words or attitude when conversing? I just wonder sometimes. Do you? selahV