Christ’s ultimatum

Jun 19, 2017 by

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For several decades Mennonites have spent an enormous amount of energy and resources deciding the best way to organize. Has it brought us to a better end? My sense is we are more divided than ever. Is all this a total waste? Not necessarily. Jesus may be trying to tell us organization is not as urgent as we thought. He may be encouraging us to focus on mission.

Jesus said little about how the church was to be organized but a lot about the ministry we are to fulfill. The apostles, likewise, were strong on ministry and short on detailing church organization. Could it be that we are majoring in the minors?

Lack of numerical growth could be a sign showing something is suffering. Are we concerned enough to pray that the Holy Spirit reveal where we are missing the mark?

“Repent” was Christ’s message to the churches of Asia Minor in the Book of Revelation. Would he have a similar ultimatum for Mennonites today? Does Christ’s ministry of reconciliation have a compelling priority, or are we busy with other agenda?

Eugene K. Souder
Harrisonburg, Va.

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