I have heard story after story recently about pastors who feel that certain things in the day to day life of the church are beneath their position. I have seen Christians snub people or be rude to people that they felt were unworthy of their attention or time. I have witnessed ministry moments going unmet because everyone was standing around waiting on someone else to step up.
I am confused by all these things. I get that everyone has a job and a role in life and for the most part we need to stick to our jobs. My issue is when we are in moments where role and position shouldn’t matter. We pretend like we are royalty unable to do common labor or menial work. Am I so important that I can’t pick up a piece of trash in my own parking lot? Is it true that because I am a respected elder in my church that I don’t have to be polite to a server at lunch? Can it be that I am such a good Christian that I shouldn’t get my hands dirty helping someone who is less fortunate?
I think we would probably say none of these are right, but in the everyday practice of being a Christian I find some form of these on a regular basis. The title of this blog was an oxymoron. An oxymoron is when two words are put together denoting opposing ideas. Jumbo shrimp for example. Christian and privilege should be as opposite as any two words can be.
Jesus, the Son of God and creator of all things, gave us a model. He got down on His knees and washed the nasty feet of His disciples. This was the job of the lowliest of servants and yet it was a transformational moment. It was every Christian action summed up in one move. You and I are to be servants of all and demonstrate the love of God in so doing! It is winsome. It is scriptural. It is compelling. It is Christ like!
Every time I have one those fleeting moments where I think that I deserve something because of my position or my faith, I like to go out and find some trash to pick up. It reminds me that I am called to serve and that a perfect and powerful God humbled Himself for my sake. I encourage each of us to remember that our faith is a grace act and not a right. I leave you with the words of the prophet Micah. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good…To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”