No one likes to be told they are wrong, much less told they are wrong in public. But does there come a time and place to teach and correct those who are in ministry who are older than you? Of course we need to teach and correct, of course we build up and edify, but it’s different when people have positions of authority over us.
I’ve been thinking alot about the “don’t tread on me” movement that led to our nation’s revolution… after watching the John Adams documentary a year ago. There’s something about a person’s natural sense of justice that leads them to eventually bite back if they are trampled on. Or wish they could but they aren’t empowered enough by society. Is it wrong to bite back? Is it wrong to tell your government you want justice? How does turn the other cheek fit in? Loving our enemies? Is Jesus telling us to simply love the dictators without hearts and let them bulldoze over our justice and do whatever they want if they don’t respond to our love? Satan is the prince of the world after all… can we defeat him?
I have to say that I’m still not sure how all of this fits together, but what I know from spending so much time abroad is that I love my country and how much truth prevailed in its inception and its founding documents. Those principles have lead us to where we are today. Washington and his insistence against high salary and extra titles for the president. Jefferson and following truth wherever it leads. Not perfect, but there are so many places in the world where the majority is corrupt and the minority have no power to see their justice through. It makes me want to go to bat for the people who can’t bat themselves.
I am still not great at confronting others, much less those in power over me, but I’ve seen a handful of situations in Uganda where what someone is saying from the microphone is anything but biblical. It’s shown me how much like “sheep” most students and even most adults are, when people can say AMEN because they think they should because everyone else is… not because they agree. How do you turn someone’s brain on and get them to start debating and disagreeing… thinking for themselves?
I wish I was Jesus; I know that’s the answer to this. At all times, Jesus held both the towel and the whip. When he met you, you automatically felt that the god of the universe was smiling at you and truly cared for you and could give you what the rest of the world was missing. However, there was also no one sharper than him and he easily called out so many people in his ministry with very sharp rebukes. I am learning that I need to trust God that he will communicate his love to others through me, and at the same time it matters that I’m not being a wimp and caving in to the pressure of those in power.
Should be fun – just need to man up.