“This is the Real World”

Tuesday, in this new format of Obi’s Sister, is “Useful Idiot Day”.

Veering from his usual Tuesday routine, Stacy is half-heartedly poking a stick at David Brooks instead of his typical thrashing. Sadly today’s entry here, and the first Useful Idiot in the series, is not about a celebrity or media-type or even a politician. It is more personal than someone on the local, state or national stage.

It’s about a Pharisee. A Pharisee whom I had the intense displeasure of being exposed to Monday evening, at an otherwise delightful and inspiring performance of an Easter oratorio.

When musicians are hired, especially student musicians (especially poor, starving college student musicians), most music ministers consider it a golden opportunity to interact with a group of unchurched young people. Most students don’t attend a local church at their university, even if they did back home. This age group is a demographic that the church is losing in troves. Now I’m not asking the church to change just for these young folks, but a little common courtesy goes a long way. This young minister had a chance to exhibit grace and provide a welcoming environment for these kids. Instead they saw what they’ve come to expect from adults in church leadership – judgmental attitude and hyprocrisy. What kind of witness is rudeness? Does harshness lead lost lambs back to the fold? Is your imperious screed of “This is the real world – get over it” a sign of your good witness? Didn’t Paul tell us to be “not of the world?”

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Romans 12:2)

You really blew it last night. Really, really blew it. Hopefully the years you have left in seminary will enlighten you to the godly trait of compassion. A good dose of humility wouldn’t hurt either. Here’s a good place to start.

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1 Comment

  1. Dman said,

    March 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Well said! I should forward this to the person who will remain unnamed.


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