the grand pecking order
by: John O'Keefe
oysterhead has a great song, that i just love. it's called "the grand pecking order." it's song off key and out of tempo - i love it - but more then the style, i love the lyrics. here is a small samlpe:
"in the grand pecking order
i sit by the bathroom
getting ready to pass the bread
with a smile"
that is so very cool - and that is where i am sitting right now - and i want others to sit there with me. but, alas. the church, or our theology, will not allow such a move. after all, we are pastor, elders, deacons, leaders - and leaders sit at the head - they give direction, they give advice, they help others catch the vision, they are the bosses - we would never sit in such a spot - but the bathroom? never.
wavy-lines, wavy-lines, wavy-lines - back 2000 odd years ago to a small jewish rabbi teaching in the streets of a small jewish town - and he shares these words with us:
"So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, "You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served--and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage." (matthew 20:25-28)
wow, "leaders" are to be slaves! think about that for a second and contrast it with all the leadership books on the market today - even the "christian leadership" books. no where does it say that leaders are to be complete servant to the people - that to be the greatest leader of all time, you will need to be a slave and die for others - a slave - think of all that that word has to offer - are you willing to be a slave?
to be a "leader" in the church jesus gives a few job qualifications:
1. not to be like "secular" leaders
2. don't throw your weight around
3. don't let it go to your head
4. be a servant to be great - even a slave
5. be ready to die for those you serve.
not much - but it is a call so many "leaders" in the church are missing - where are you in the pecking order of life?
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