The Sad Fact is: You Can’t Challenge Anyone Anymore.

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We won’t let ourselves be challenged, or exhorted (whatever that means).

How dare we hold each other accountable to serve and worship God with more and more and not settle for the thin “mockumentary” we call church.

The fact is, we turn and judge the prophet, messenger, or channel in which God uses to deliver the challenge. We have exalted our own opinion and discernment to “properly” judge whether or not “I need to listen to you.” Where do we get off with this humanist, ego-centric attitude! We have become our own suns, the bright/fixed point to our own universe(s), where “we will tell you” how it came into existence.

This must be where the phrase “Don’t shoot the messenger” came from. It actually came from ancient times when two enemy forces would be fighting and encamped against each other. One side would send a message through a human envoy, or messenger, and, if the receiving commander was incensed or angry with the message, he would take his wrath out immediately by just stabbing, hurting, or otherwise killing the enemy force’s messenger. Destroy the runner. Stone the prophet. How long have “We the People” done it.

Look, I know that I have not arrived, nor am I über-holy, yet we are called to exhort one another, to “Spur each other on to good works.” Our modern equivalent for this must have been “lost in translation” because it seems this idea is quite taboo in the American Body of believers today.

My father-in-law has been a pastor for over twenty years and he had a fabulous story of a drunk man wondering into the back of the church and interrupting a prayer meeting with a slurred Scripture that didn’t seem to make sense at all…and them stumbled out. Turns out, my father-in-law was deeply moved and convicted by the specific Scripture quoted…whose theme had very recently been pulling at his heart. I guess Scripture, as with the Gospel, can be quoted or preached with pretense or even wrong motive and still be able to hit its mark!

So, I’m thinking, if God can use a drunk man or say an ass, rock, or whale to achieve His plans and ends, I think He could use me in your life…and you in mine.

Didn’t the Bible mention something about remaining teachable?

Proverbs 13:18: Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
Proverbs 4:5: Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 12:1: Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
1 Peter 5:5: Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
2 Timothy 2:2: and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men[a] who will be able to teach others also.

Yeah, it did.

It’s actually very refreshing to know that you do not know everything. You have not figured out some loophole niche in Christianity that everyone else has missed for just shy of 2,000 years. You NEED other people! You NEED accountability! You NEED to submit…to the Lord and preferably a more mature, older believer who you will let lead you! Do not let the gravehands of unbelief tell you that you don’t need the Medicine everyone else, who has suffered from the same sickness, has needed to become well. Spiritual health and fitness come to men and women who will let themselves be taught and led and disciplined.

As iron sharpens iron…? Well, I do live in Iron River…. So, come one come all—let’s do some sharpening!

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About Joshua M. Brindle

Child. Father. Husband. Herald. Writer. Messenger. Psalmist. Poet-Prophet. Biker. Beard-wearer. Teacher. Pastor? Follower. Disciple. Disciple-er. Bearer of the Torche. Keeper of the Flame. Waver of the Banner. Running the race. Fighting the fight. Revolutionary...hopefully.
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5 Responses to The Sad Fact is: You Can’t Challenge Anyone Anymore.

  1. Good article, once again. I hope the Lord uses it for whoever needs it. I agree with what you have said 100%. So many people just want to “go it alone,” thinking that to be the only way they can “make it.” Some have that attitude in complete ignorance, they’re just simple about the matter; yet others seem to have a problem with anyone who appears to be more mature or more knowledgeable. May the Lord give us the gentleness, wisdom and sensitivity to deal with the whole flock individually, just as He does to us.

    • Joshua M. Brindle says:

      Yes, this post was made after a couple weeks of seeking the Lord and wanting to personally challenge younger believers in our ministry without running them over…spurring not slamming. It is kind of a companion piece to the one before it about love.

  2. Big Ben says:

    That drunk man was actually your father-in-law’s guardian angel.

  3. Don Jackson says:

    Very good article. Elana and I have come out of a church (small “C” intentional) where the leader would misuse his position. This doesn’t mean I don’t need to find a fellowship where this common accountability is practiced. The ability to be open and volnerable to one another is a blessing from the Lord, the ability to misuse it comes from satan.

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