Thursday, April 03, 2008

It's 3 a.m. Are You Ready?

If you are dialed into politics, you would know that Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign has been running a TV ad asking voters to consider who would be the better of the two Democratic contenders in this scenario - it is 3 a.m. and the "red phone" rings. The implication is that the presidency is so important a position that whether or not you can answer that phone in the middle of the night and make accurate decisions is critical.

If you are dialed into "preacher-blogs", you probably saw the post in the last couple of days that suggests that if your wife rolls you out of a sound sleep at 3a.m. Sunday morning and asks you what are you trying to get people to do as a result of the sermon, you should be able to tell her - if you are an effective servant proclaiming God's Word.

I have a third 3 a.m. scenario.

If you are in leadership of a church - a pastor, an elder, a deacon, a search committee member - and anyone at any time - whether 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. asks you - "Why are you a Christian? or "What does your church believe God has put it in your community to do?

You'd better have that down cold.

You'd better be able to make your case for how God has called you to be His disciples in your neighborhood with passion.

If you don't know.

If you don't care.

Then why should anyone else?

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