I am in the West Palm Beach airport heading home to Pittsburgh. As usual, I had a great time with my friends and family at Urban Youth Impact. We left West Palm last Friday to drive up to Orlando for our weekend retreat. I was driving a vehicle following the bus holding 19 staff. Suddenly, the bus had a blowout at 75 miles per hour! I don't know how the young man driving was able to control the bus, but he did and no one was injured. That certainly got everyone's attention.
We rented a seven-bedroom home near Disney World for the weekend. Our theme was "Seeing What You Can't See." The most interesting and spirited discussion came around the topic of doing what you want to do and not what you have to do. When you coerce people (or yourself) to do something, you get less-than-spectacular results. One man expressed the opinion that the concept wasn't biblical because God coerces people, and he used Jonah as an example.
The discussion carried over to the staff meeting when the team got back to West Palm on Monday and I think they will discuss this issue for quite some time. I wish all the church and its leaders would discuss this topic. I think it would cause people to evaluate why they are doing what they do and set people free from the legalism that torments and drives the body of Christ.
Care to weigh in on this subject? I know I haven't written much about it in this entry, but you can still respond as you see fit. The issue is: Do Christian leaders have the right to demand that people do something, even if it's the right thing for those people to do? When is it appropriate to tell someone to "suck it up" and just do it?
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