Monday, November 24, 2014 4:43 AM

What Church Would Hire Paul?

Monday, November 24, 2014 4:43 AM
Monday, November 24, 2014 4:43 AM

This is a powerrful quote and sadly the quote is a picture of today's Churches.

"It is sobering to compare Paul’s resume in 1Cor4:9–13 with what is usually presented to a modern congregation. One wonders how many congregations would hire someone like Paul, who touts his weakness in personal presence, his penchant to find or stir up trouble, his run-ins with the law, and his lack of the skills so often most valued today in a preacher, namely, good oral form, verbal eloquence, powerful delivery, and meaningful gestures.

 I suspect that all too often we evaluate our ministers using Corinthian, not Pauline, criteria. In doing so, we, too, have bought into the world’s dominant vision of what it means to be wise, powerful, and of great worth, and have, like the Corinthians, made void the preaching of the cross. The wisdom of the cross is a message not about strength instead of weakness, but in fact about power through weakness, through self-sacrificial behavior, through reliance on God’s power to work through us. It is not about our human power to manipulate a situation. Until we learn the meaning of the words “when I was weak, then I was strong,” until we learn what it means to be empty of self and full of Christ, we will continue to misread Paul’s theology of leadership, status, power, and wisdom. Until then, the Church and it's leaders will continue to play the game of power politics with the ministry, an all too human and too Corinthian game indeed."[1]


[1] Witherington III, B. (1995). Conflict and Community in Corinth : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians (150). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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