Well, we made it to Zurich without any complications, so I’m typing this post while we wait for our flight to Moscow. Here are some questions left over from our “Hot Seat” Sunday:
“If the church is set up to be a “community” and we all serve to fulfill the need for reaching people, then why do people always expect to get paid for “volunteer” work?”
While this is a valid question, it’s not one that Scripture addresses directly, so I’ll give you my opinion in just 2 words: human nature. All of us are born into this world with the nature of our father Adam, and as much as I hate to admit it, we are inherently selfish. So it only stands to reason that IF we walk by our fleshly nature, we don’t want to serve, we want to be paid.
My suggestion is that instead of judging others in the church who don’t live up to our expectations that we live by Romans 14:10, 13 instead.
Someone else asks, “So as a new employee, how do you handle back stabbers, sabotagers at work, when your boss refuses to intervene?”
I’m guessing that’s a question that almost every believer in the workplace has asked at one time or another. Again, the Bible doesn’t address this particular question directly, but I’ll give you my thoughts:
- Since your boss refuses to intervene, and you are (Biblically) under his authority, you can just learn to accept it, without participating in the backstabbing behavior yourself. There is Biblical support for us to accept mistreatment in 1Cor. 6:7 and 1Peter 2.
- Of course, you have another option: look for another job. While there’s no guarantee that you won’t face similar mistreatment at another workplace, you have a right to seek peace on your job.
Finally, a CLC’er asks, “Should pastors of “mega-churches” be rich and live excessive lifestyles or should the bulk of that wealth, if earned through ministry, go back to the church?”
Honestly, from the tone of this question, I suspect you’re not really asking a question, but instead passing judgment on some pastor(s) that you don’t agree with. The only thing that I would contribute to this discussion is a warning as to how dangerous it is for any of us to assume anything about others. For example, both Rick Warren and Joel Osteen, to name just two “mega-church’ pastors who are millionaires, refuse to take a salary from their churches and live off the royalties of their book sales. In fact, in Rick Warren’s case, after his book, Purpose-Driven Life, became so wildly successful, he paid back Saddleback Church every penny he had earned since starting the church!
Personally, I have enough to do to keep my own life in line with God’s Word, without criticizing or judging others whom I don’t even know. The whole 14th chapter of Romans again comes to mind.
Hope that helps. If you’d like to add to my answers (or disagree), please leave a comment below – or even a question of your own for another post.