Thursday, August 4, 2011

Let Me Clarify . . .

"Canned bible curriculum does not make you a teacher anymore than owning medical supplies makes you a doctor."
I have been thinking about that and I think maybe I need to clarify.  

First of all, I teach Sunday School and have no training in teaching the bible, so I too have no business teaching and it is only because of His gifts that I am able to teach.  Remember I did say I was the "dumb kid" for most of my life and if you ask anybody that really knows me they will probably tell you they are surprised that I went to college AND graduated AND went to Graduate School AND wrote a thesis AND graduated!  So trust me when I tell you I am humbled to be able to teach God's Word.  It is a responsibility I take seriously because I will be judged more strictly than those that do not teach, James 3:1. 

Anyway, what I was trying to say in the earlier post was that just because there is step by step, ready-made curriculum available doesn't mean that whoever is teaching it is actually called to teach.  I have seen people teach who had no busi
ness teaching, but because they could open a teacher's guide and read they thought they could handle it. Friends, if you are not called to teach God's Word then sit down and shut up.  As Hebrews 4:12 says, His word is sharper than a two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Teaching is a spiritual gift, Romans 12:6-8 and I am fairly certain that if you have the gift of teaching you will teach and take it seriously.  I do not think God likes it when the teacher for Sunday School, or Women's Group, or Men's Group, or Youth Group or whatever group, is looking at the material the day it is to be taught.  And you are asking "then who will teach if no one is called?"  And my answer is, NO ONE!  It is better to leave "positions" in the church UNFILLED because no one is "qualified" or called than it is to fill them with someone who is not.  Many churches would be gone if they left positions unfilled for lack of calling and "qualification."
The reason I have qualified in quotes is because an M. Div. or D. Min. does not qualify you, God's call does, just ask my pastor, a  hillbilly-alcoholic-orphan-drug-addict-turned-pastor.  He is now clean and sober, adopted and loved and still a hillbilly and we love him!

This post had nothing to do with adoption, but as the owner of the blog I reserve the right to go go off on some theological-biblical-philosophical rant about something not entirely related to adoption.  It's in the blog description for a reason, I knew I would need to use that loop hole sooner rather than later.

10 comments:

  1. I honestly cant believe it took this long! Wow, what restraint!

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  2. Anonymous10:33 PM

    We actually just talked about this subject a few weeks ago in women's Bible study -- the idea of being called into a position, and how many people fill positions in the church out of obligation, etc. It's a difficult balance -- I think often people who ARE being called refuse to act, and people who have not been called fill in simply because they feel they must.

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