Just recently I was sitting in a waiting room engaged in a good conversation about life, careers and faith with a couple older dudes who, like myself, are retired from the Air Force. How would you react if after that conversation one of them said this to you?
“So, you’re one of those guys that stirs up shit for Jesus. I like those kind of guys. You must ask a lot of questions. I bet you keep your pastor on his toes and on task.”
I took it as a compliment, encouragement and confirmation. Mind you, I never brought up church leadership or the terms apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds or teachers. The guys have no idea who Alan Hirsch is, but the comment reminded me of the way Hirsch describes a prophet in The Forgotten Ways-APEST:
PROPHETS know God’s will. They are particularly attuned to God and his truth for today. They bring correction and challenge the dominant assumptions we inherit from the culture. They insist that the community obey what God has commanded. They question the status quo. Without the other types of leaders in place, prophets can become belligerent activists or, paradoxically, disengage from the imperfection of reality and become other-worldly.
Trust me on this, I’m not claiming to be a prophet, but the Lord continues to reveal the qualities in me that line up with the prophet. I don’t always know God’s will, but you can bet I’ll question the status quo and challenge the dominant assumptions we inherit from the culture and religion. Of course, I can be belligerent and annoying. Just ask my wife and friends. Thankfully I have friends around who fall into the other APEST types and won’t hesitate to challenge and keep me in check.
stirring the muddy waters…gibby
So, what kind of stuff are you stirring up? What are people saying about you?