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A foot is not a hand.

February 13, 2012

      Why is it that some churches struggle to engage their people in Bible study; and other churches are embarrassed that they are intellectual and study the Bible in detail!?

      If you search on the internet about anti-intellectualism in the church you will find that it has been around for some time, of course any assault on the church has been around since nearly the inception of the church, people are merely calling the arguments different things and saying the same things a different way.  I remember “intellectualism” was an issue at a church I went to when I was young, that the church was to “intellectual”. I was recently in a conversation where a person was telling me that a church was “all-head”.

      Now I’m not sure what specifically the individual had in mind that they thought the church should be doing but I am familiar with the church, I go there. The church is full of intellectuals, I would field a guess that there are 80% of the people with a master’s degree or higher, doctors, engineers, lawyers, the church is not an ordinary church. People that are in those professions are commonly, and usually correctly, categorized as introverts. (Remember: An introverted engineer looks at his own shoes, while an extroverted engineer looks at your shoes.)

     A church with that dynamic has a different ministry. A church full of introverts it is not going to be effective at like say a “big tent” revival, very doubtfully there are going to be many street evangelists in that group. However that same group of introverts could have a profound effect at ministering to other introverts, people that wouldn’t go to a big group meeting anyhow. That’s one of the things I know about this church, I know that some of the elders and other members are known at their jobs and in the community for being strong Christian men and good family leaders. Others actually go and teach apologetics at conferences around the country teaching details of creation that would knock your socks off.

     I heard Howard Hendrix tell a story about a student of his in seminary that had great heart for the Lord. The only problem was the student hated being around people! So they got him a job at a Christian publishing company, the man touches thousands of lives every month through his writing and editing, and the best part is he never has to meet any of them!

    In 1st Corinthians 12 Paul talks about how each member of the church body was created for different purposes.  In verse 17 we read “If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?” The church needs all these parts, the Lord works in more ways than we realize, he made introverts, they just work differently then the rest of us.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. S. M. permalink
    April 2, 2012 1:05 pm

    Very well stated !!!!
    I Cor. 12 is a great reference !!

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