I went to my wife’s public school retirement party last night. I was very impressed with how each employee was honored who was leaving the school district. It did not matter whether you were a teacher, viagra generic help administrator, discount cialis secretary, or janitor; all were treated equally with great respect. And I was also impressed with how each was financially compensated in their retirement, some more than others of course, according to years rendered and what had been earned.
Sad to say, I have not found the same done with those who have served in a majority of Christian churches and organizations I have been around in my life time. In fact, it has been quite the opposite. Staff members and employees are let go, or asked to leave, because they aren’t affordable anymore, or are no longer useful, or have fallen out of favor with the current leadership. For whatever reason, they are let go, with perhaps no more than a good-bye cake and a few cards of appreciation, if that! The more popular ones, the biggies so to speak, get a little more in varying degrees.
This just amazes me, because Christian churches and organizations supposedly have the answers as to how to live a Godly life here on earth. They have Christ at their center, they are filled with the Spirit, they have the Word of God in many versions and languages, and they have historical knowledge of how believers fared before them, yet they won’t take care of their own. In a way they are considerably more selfish and self-centered in their approach to their employees and staff than the world is with theirs.
Therefore what is the answer? Grow up… churches and Christian organizations…spiritually grow up! God put in the Scripture for you to treat each other as family members. So, in your family at home would you ask your daughter, son, sister, brother, father, or mother, to leave because they were no longer affordable, useful, or have fallen out of your favor? Of course not, so why do you (churches and Christian organizations) think you can do the same with those brothers and sisters in the Lord under your care? You can’t, shouldn’t, and need to change while you have opportunity to do so. If you don’t, then the world you are trying to reach will have one more reason to reject your testimony of Him. And if you don’t, then don’t be surprised if God puts you in the same situation one day that you put your brothers and sisters in the Lord in, when you said, “Goodbye, so long, hope God works everything out for you.”
(Referring to all Christians being as a family to one another)
I Corinthians 9:5 Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
Romans 16: 1I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea.
Galatians 6: 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Ephesians 2: 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household.