Does the menu title lead to disappointment?The menu described the dessert as a gourmet cupcake. But when I bit into it, it tasted like any other cupcake, gourmet or not.
By: Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
The menu described the dessert as a gourmet cupcake. But when I bit into it, it tasted like any other cupcake, gourmet or not.
Obviously, someone forgot to put the gourmet in it. The only uniqueness I experienced was paying three times the cost of a regular cupcake.
We all have been disappointed by something or someone who did not live up to its name. What about we who are titled “Christian?” Are people disappointed when they encounter us?
Scripture relates the term Christian was first applied to believers at the church in Antioch. It means “those who are of Christ.” Jesus’ likeness was understood to be the distinction of these early believers.
Jesus’ likeness is still the defining attribute for those claiming His name. Yet are we truly committed to the ideal?
G. Ernest Wright, in his book “The Challenge of Israel’s Faith,” observes people who live in a democracy have difficulty embracing God as Lord. In his words: “Democracy demands a God with whom men [sic] may cooperate, not to whom they must submit ... The sovereign is just ourselves when we cooperatively insist on providing for ourselves what we want.”
When people encounter us Christians, do they discover the likeness of God, or is it just some self-made, concoction from our personal preferences, seasoned by a little spirituality? Does the world’s encounter with God’s people result in an enriching experience, or does it leave them disappointed that we who claim to be different lack the evidence of our title?
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.