So. I have a thought. Or two.
And they may even be controversial.
In fact, I write them with great trepidation, because the furor over my last controversial blog entry, Why I Am Not A Hugger, is just now dying down. #huggersarecrazy #personalspace
So……since I can write about a “hugger”, I suppose I can write about a “Duggar”.
I’ve read lots of thoughts, blogs, articles, viewpoints, and opinions about Josh Duggar. The whole situation is a mess. There’s plenty of pain to go around, and I imagine that pain isn’t leaving anytime soon.
But I want to talk to my Christian brothers and sisters for a minute. Because I’ve learned something about myself, and I’m wondering if maybe there’s someone out there who needs to learn it too.
We need to stop placing people on pedestals. Because once they are there, the only way off is down.
I’ll be honest. When I hear of a celebrity, or a sports star, or a politician…..really, anyone with a little bit of fame and a platform….say they are a Christian, I get excited. In fact, I’m guessing we all do, to a degree. Does the name “Tebow” mean anything to anyone? I think that this person is going to be an excellent representation of me, and of what I believe. So, I inadvertently appoint them as the official “spokesman” of MY faith and beliefs, and then hide behind their platform, their witness, and their actions.
Then, when their flaws and sins are exposed…..and they will be exposed because we ALL have them….I’m left standing alone. And the coattails I tried to ride are long gone.
Believers, we MUST stop.
This is not the way to show Jesus to the world. Christ has us here, in this generation, to be His witnesses. He has gifted each of us, tasked each of us, and chosen each of us, which means we have a job to do.
Nowhere in scripture are we told to find an appropriate representative and just have them do it for us.
I am told to make disciples.
I am told to love the Lord my God with all my heart.
I am told to love my neighbor as myself.
It is my job to use my influence in the areas where God has me to share the Good News of Christ.
And I can’t do it if I’m depending on Tim Tebow or Beth Moore, or even a reality show family to do it for me.
When a friend is sick……I’m the one who can step in and offer to run errands or bring a meal. When my neighbor is grieving, I’m the one who can sit and hold her hand while she cries.When my single parent friend is exhausted……I’m the one who can watch the children.
And when I do these things……it sure does sound an awful lot like what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 25:40….
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
Friends…….at the end of the day, the world is going to see Jesus by what they see in us. In all honesty, I think it’s a crazy plan. I wonder why the Lord of the Universe, the Savior of the world, would choose to use flawed, imperfect, sinful people…..like me…… to represent Him. But I suppose it’s because the people we’re sharing Him with are also flawed, imperfect, and sinful……like me.
And when a flawed, imperfect, and sinful person meets Jesus…He changes lives.
Brothers and Sisters. This is our job. It’s on us. It’s time to ante in.
And when we do what we’re supposed to do, there will only be one pedestal involved, and the only One placed on it will be the only One worthy of it.