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Don’t be Different for Different’s Sake (part 2)

August 23, 2012

My last post was on not being different for different’s sake.  This is the follow-up to that. See, the Contrarian Church Planter does whatever will best reach people, whether it’s been done that way before or not.

I think if David was a church planter he would’ve fit this description.  David as we know was a man after God’s own heart.  But David was himself.  He wrote much of my favorite Scriptures, the Psalms.  Recently I read Psalm 59 again and I know I’ve read it before but I must have scanned it too quickly because I never picked up on something until recently.  The first part of this Psalm he praises God and explains that people are trying to assassinate him.  In verse 11 he asks God not to kill his enemies and I’m thinking, “That’s nice of David, because Jesus later says to love your enemies and David is asking God not to kill these people who are trying to kill him.”  Wrong.  Because David proceeds to explain: God, I want you to keep them alive so you can torture them and cause them as much pain as you possibly can, all in view of as many people as possible—just to show what happens when people oppose the righteous.  In fact, God, can you go Jack Bauer on them and electrocute them, pluck out their eyebrows one by one, shoot them in areas that won’t kill them, and take them just to the brink of death so they can suffer. (That’s my translation.  But read it for yourself and you’ll my translation is quite accurate!)

We read this and think, “Holy crap!  David needs to lighten up!  show a little grace, man!”  But consider: maybe the reason David was a man after God’s heart wasn’t because he was perfect, as he obviously wasn’t. Maybe the reason God loved David’s heart is that it was completely honest and open before God.

See, David, wasn’t concerned with doing things the right way.  He just wanted to pursue God whatever it looked like, being completely open and honest.  As church planters we could learn something from his authenticity and genuineness.

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