Pain and Suffering
The "Go To" Church is comprised of people who have come to grips with the facts of pain and suffering. Last week I introduced the term, The "Go To" church. You will remember that I pointed out that in these last days, the general populace will be finding themselves looking for the "go to" guys and gals.
When the game is on the line, you look for the one who is the most reliable and the most likely to make a difference. It is the same with our world today. As things go from bad to worse, more and more people are seeking answers that will stand the acid tests of reality and relevance.
So what does pain or suffering have to do with all of this? After all, many preachers give the strong impression that it is the Lord's will that we never suffer and if we are in pain or suffering, it's because someone has insufficient faith. Failing that, there must be unconfessed sin that is the cause.
Perhaps a little background information might give us a fresh perspective.
I remember reading a book in the late 1970's by Paul Bilheimer. The title caught my attention and I was so glad I took the time to read it. It gave a rich meaning to my life and greatly expanded my understanding of ministry. It was titled: Don't Waste Your Sorrows.
Like it or not, suffering is a fact of life and Christians are not exempted from this part of the human condition. The great difference we have is that the Lord can use our suffering to extend His Kingdom.
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