My Musings – “People primarily respond not to what we do but how we’re being. It’s not that we do the wrong thing necessarily, but that we do what we do – maybe even if it is the ‘right’ thing – the wrong way.” (Leadership and Self-Deception, The Arbinger Institute).
My great fear for the Church today is that a lot of us spend a lot of time and energy “doing” Christianity, while failing to “be” Christ-like. We pride ourselves with saying, supporting and doing the right things (the modern-day equivalent of a tenth of our mint, dill and cumin), but neglect to be those things (the all-time equivalent of, “justice, mercy and sacrifice“). In the process, we are well on our way to alienating an entire generation from “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Given the appropriate “salt and light” there are many who would love to “be” like Christ, but are afraid of “doing” like “Christians.” But unfortunately, the “salt” in many of us leaves a bad taste, and the “light” shining from us is artificial and not a true reflection of its Source.
My Advice – There is nothing wrong with saying, supporting and doing the right things. But we must practice these without neglecting “justice, mercy and sacrifice.” Otherwise, we are merely a “resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” Distracting noise and “fake news” in a world searching for the truth. Woe to us, the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge.
Don’t just do, be. People still might not acknowledge the truth, but what they are rejecting will be plain.