Post Traumatic Church Disorder
The previous post briefly described the NONES and the DONES. Today is primarily about the FIX. As usual, the answer is a return to something Scripture tells us to do. As usual, problems develop when we don’t do that! Here goes…
A Poison Problem
Don’t think Post Traumatic Church Disorder exists in one local congregation or in one denomination. The polls and research (see previous post) were done across denominational lines and in many local churches. Looking at the fix can be preventive or curative, because some congregations are healthy and others are not.
What’s the poison? Round-up. Round-up is one of my wife’s favorite outside tools. She kills lots of stuff with it. You know her kind of Round-up isn’t the problem. But the “Round-up” of New Testament days is the problem. Why didn’t I just say it? Because when I do you’ll be tempted to tune out thinking: O, I know all about that. If that happens, there will just be more NONES and DONES and that is not a good thing. The poison is…
The Roman Empire was noted for engineering, road construction, and conquest. Soldiers were often paid in salt. That’s where we get our saying, Worth your salt. If/when salt became wet or contaminated it was no longer good for preserving food. What happened to it? Round-up! The Romans poured it on their roads to kill the vegetation and preserve their roads.
The latter part of this chapter recounts a lesson Jesus gave to a crowd of followers. Everyone in the crowd understood a disciple to be a person who bears the image, likeness, and mindset of a particular rabbi. Let’s say Michael is a rabbi. Those who follow him (his disciples) were viewed as little Michaels, or Michaels in training. That was common New Testament era thinking. Christians were viewed as little Christs. And that’s the point.
Jesus said if we aren’t willing to leave the world behind we can’t be His disciples (bear His likeness). Turning our back on our world is being like HIm. He turned His back on heaven (His world) and stepped into our world to bring salvation.
The chapter concludes with two verses about salt. They seem almost out of place or disconnected. They are neither. As long as the salt is retains its nature it is useful. The same is true with those who would be His disciples. As long we retain His nature, His character, and His likeness we are useful to Him and to others.
When we fail to be accurate representations of Him, we become Round-up (poisonous salt). That is why we have NONES and DONES, and why the lost don’t want to hear His message. Need specifics?
- Round-up seeks to be served – Jesus came to serve
- Round-up wants to be important – Jesus washed feet
- Round-up wounds – Jesus heals
- Round-up exists in pews and pulpits
Understand what we/you have been called to be. Post Traumatic Church Disorder is cured with Christ-like salt. Salt makes this even more inviting –
Come taste and see that the Lord is good!