Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Who is more important?
The present Teacher strike is causing a lot of chaos in our nation. While many of us are ready to get back to normality it seems as if the strikes are set to cause further upheaval. My own thoughts on the issue are that the Unions should take the offer on the table (for now) and let the children have the education they deserve. If they are still feeling aggrieved (which clearly they are) then they should get a commitment from the Government to sit down and negotiate a better deal ASAP. I think the 'powers that be' realise that any future strikes would be crippling and would hopefully they come to the party.
Anyway, this whole 'strike' issue has been highlighted through our preaching series on the Church, although with a different slant. This Sunday we discussed the 'Body of Christ' and we noted Paul's words to the church in Corinth:
1 Corinthians 12: 14 – “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
1 Corinthians 12:22 – “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour…”
It is tempting to believe that the pastor or leader of the Church is the most important in the body, but this is not what the Bible says. It is the members of the body that appear to be the 'least' or 'weakest' that we should treat with honour. This makes one think doesn't it?
So in our context, who is more important now? Or who has the most power at the moment? Is it the President of our country or a teacher? One on one, most people would answer: "the President!" But the reality is that when a group of people get together, the 'power tables' can be overturned.
For our churches it is vital to remember that when every member functions at their optimal and uses their gifts for the Kingdom, then our World could be changed for good.
What are your thoughts on this?
Living in Grace,