Pettiness

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The late Mike Yaconelli once said in the “Wittenberg Door” magazine that, "The problem with the Church today is not corruption. It is not institutionalism. No, the problem is far more serious than something like the minister running away with the organist (guitar player). The problem is pettiness. Blatant pettiness.”

When Jesus hit the temple with his whip of cords and drove all the moneychangers out,  what was the issue? Why would Jesus, the one without sin, become angry?  My hunch is he was overwhelmed with pettiness. He was fed up with navigating the power plays and politics of good church-going folks. The advantage taking of the widow and the marginalization by selling them overpriced animals to sacrifice. Those who had enough to share hoarding what they had for themselves. People just relentless and unwilling to forgive.

Do you have any places where you are practicing “blatant pettiness”?  We live in the promise of the empty tomb, and the life-giving ways of Jesus. Ask the Lord to cleanse you, and draw you near in a more intimate relationship with your Maker. Lord have mercy and take away my pettiness.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Dot Morton wrote:
Oh dear, there you go again bringing up one of my many faults.
I dont believe I have started a day, with out asking God to make me a blessing in someones life today. In this way I start my day by trying to rise above all of the stress and turmoil of working with a bunch of wonderful women and men. I don't know if I am sucessful or not but,when I am trying to be a blessing in someones life, its very hard to be petty and mean.

Fri, March 9, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

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