I was in a meeting today where we discussed some difficult questions.
- How do you motivate people who are poor in spirit to nurture those who are poor in food and clothing?
- How do you continue to love those in your congregation who are fighting against routine- and tradition-upsetting outreach without failing to do the outreach? We are called to minister to all.
- How do you communicate with people who are failing to listen and yet are complaining that you are not communicating?
- How do you convince an inward looking church that is afraid of the possibility of its own "death" that the key to revitalization and transformation is to look beyond itself?
Here's the kicker. Christianity is not simple. It is not yes and no, black and white. It's difficult. Anytime a solution presented to us is easy, I'm suspicious.