Returning…

Its been a few days since I last posted… The last couple of weeks have been a blur for me and there is a lot of ideas swirling in my brain, a really cool Sunday to ReCap and some thoughts from an amazingly timed leadership conference, Catalyst 2009, to share.Until then, its nice to be back on the keyboard, and thinking out loud…

This verse has been spinning in my head for the last couple of days as I (slowly) move through 1 Corinthians…

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Cor. 8:9

Here is an initial thought that come to mind…

Our generation of church leader and pastor makes a big deal out of living in the freedom of Christ, which seems to spring from the legalistic, rules-over-relationship generation that led the church previously. But at what point does the  engaging in those freedoms around other staff and those who “get it” or are “one of us” break down and translate, even indirectly, to those we lead who may not get it or be as “cool”?

We know that it’s not the actual freedoms that are the stumbling block… I mean, really, the cussing in staff meetings or having a glass of wine with dinner or having a beer while grilling at home probably will not cause those weaker folks around us whom we lead to stumble- because they wouldn’t be around to see or hear any of that- I guess there is still the shopping cart dilemma… However, could it be that as Paul says, it is how we as leaders “exercise” those freedoms that really causes others to stumble: how we learn to compartmentalize our actions… how we learn to use certain words around certain people… how we learn to be comfortable contextualizing our lifestyle… That to me seems to be the larger danger for church leaders today.

Just thinking out loud a little…

Disclaimer: the situations and actions described herein are not necessarily implicative of any particular church leaders or pastors, myself included, but representative of actions and attitudes among a larger whole that I got to hang out with last week.