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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

What is the value of anonymity?

"I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." Luke 7:28

As I read through blog world, I see a lot of writing about christian leaders and what he/she has said and why he or she are not the kind of leader we should be following and why their emphasis is "off centre", or "off right", or "in error",.......and we seem to sit in judgement of men and their emphasis which doesn't match ours or that of our leaning

What I read in scripture is what Jesus said of John the Baptist. "The one who is least in the kingdom is greater than he":

As bloggers are we guilty of first contributing to the
exaggeration of a man's ministry far beyond healthy measures? There is a point where the Lord will use a man or a woman uniquely in proclaiming the gospel for a season with great power and evidence (Eg..the 1904 Welsh revival and Evan Roberts). In our modern broadcast and media world modern day ministries can be catapulted to a global perspective in a matter of months, their exposure is enlarged enormously and they themselves become the focus of attention. It seems in this time of scrutiny they are subjected to an inflated and filtered critique as leaders rather than taking the opportunity to echo the message they have been used to bring.

Recently I have read blogs with several comments about Rick Warren, about Bill Hybels, and John McCarther...all of them giving critical appraisal of the man, even Charles Stanley didn't miss the fire recently. We wax eloquent on how we differ, the reasons why we differ and the problems and errors in their ways, and their ministry, their theological approach and sometimes just plain about the way they sound or the translation they promote.

Jesus said "who is the least of these". John the Baptist had great exposure especially after Israel's intertestament times of strife and war. Here they had a Prophet..and what did he do? He promoted his own anonymity and deverted all attention to the Messiah...I think we've lost focus somewhere along the way when we promote the messenger above the message, where we let pride slip in very covertly by this inbalanced promotion...we should beware. God blesses anonymity = brokenness because it allows God to give Himself glory through the use of his people who take no glory back for themselves...let us be careful, when we take the glory from God - He either removes His annointing or removes the man...


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