Friday, February 29, 2008

Stop Just Smelling the Coffee

Coffee with God is one of life's joys. My wife does not drink coffee, but enjoys the smell of coffee brewing early in the mornings. Last week she gave me a new coffee maker that is supposed to provide a better tasting coffee. I wonder what brand of coffee maker God has up in heaven.

Nothing goes with a fresh brewed cup of coffee any better than a Psalm. Today's Psalm speaks volumes to today's Christians. David writes. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” I do not dispute God, and I understand that unity within the body is good and pleasant, but boy-oh-boy is it rare. When Christians move beyond being benchwarmers and get involved in the decision-making and leadership roles of the church, they seem to become adversarial. People with personal agenda's and personal issues become willing to destroy the local congregation of believers in order to get their own way, or just to do it their own way.

Recently, I said to a Christian, “I do not believe you love your pastor or your church. If you did, you would not work against your pastor, and you would get with the program of your church.” Church members get upset if they are told to follow the rules and guidelines established for the betterment of the whole congregation, believing that their “work” or “faithfulness” somehow” means they can by-pass the established guidelines. People, who love their church, do everything within their ability to follow the rules and guidelines. Therefore, from here on when you see someone disrespecting your pastor or failing to follow the established rules of their church, tell them to get with the program or get a new church, because you love your Lord, your pastor, and your church and their ungodliness is damaging the unity. It's time for Christians to stop just smelling the coffee, get a big hot cup and enjoy your relationship with God. Coffee smellers never enjoy the taste, or perhaps just don't like the taste. I suppose the enjoyment of coffee is a lot like our relationship with God. You have to develop the taste for it.

That is today's brew! I need another cup.


Frank said...

Dr Grigg,

Enjoying your blog. Added it to my internet favorites! Keep up the great work!

Frank Dukes

JRGrigg said...

I agree !!!!! I can not stand people who disrespect their church. If a person loves God they should love the church they are at, if not then they need to find a church that they do love. Nothing breaks my heart more than to see churches that split up over one person or a group of people that want to do it their way. A Pastor of a church is there to preach the Word of God and it is one way. The Pastor deserves high repect from the church body, he is there to help you in your fellowship. A divided church will not last!!!! Unity is the key.

Anonymous said...

I have seen that many Christians speak well of their pastor to his face, but talk bad about him behind his back. I see in my church that leaders, Trustees and Deacons, refuse to follow guidelines they have established. I watch them go around staff to the pastor to try to get their own way. And then, even when the pastor helps them reach their goal, they trash talk him. Dr. G, you know what I am talking about - don't you.