Friday, December 23, 2016

This week's lesson (December 17-23): the character of Job

Who would do better in your church?


Or his friends?
  • Job is angry at God -- the same God his friends are eager to defend.
  • Job asks uncomfortable questions -- and what's more he keeps asking them. His friends, on the other hand, are happy with the answers they have.
  • Job takes a "bottom-to-top" approach; if the facts on the ground disagree with theological truth, then the theological truth is wrong. His friends, however, put their "truth" first -- even if it disagrees with facts on the ground.
And yes, I know we all want a church where we can be Job -- where we can be honest, where we can be open, where we can ask all the nasty questions we want . . . 
But what about the other Jobs out there?
Would they be safe in your church?
Or is it a place where only Job's friends could feel at home?

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