Finding God in the Mystery of every day

030507 Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Acts 4 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

 Acts 5:12b And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch

            In regard to the matter of ecclesiastical authority it should come as no surprise that there is a need to manage the movement, safety and comfort of large groups of people. No matter how I think about it I believe that the disciples were hard put to manage the success of Peter’s preaching without the help of the Holy Spirit. Many of you have no doubt participated in some sort of mass demonstration in your lifetimes. (i.e. the million man march, promise keepers, pro-life etc.) For every gathering larger than a couple of dozen people someone or several someones had to organize, procure, and provide for the safety and satisfaction of the people who had chosen to participate. Scripture does not elaborate unfortunately God no doubt believing that the need was obvious.

            “So what?” You may ask in frustration. The point is this. That need over the centuries has been filled either well or poorly by people who like yourself came to the Lord full of sin and self-interest. Rising to positions of power either by accolade or usurpation they have constituted the authority and expression of the Christian church from the beginning. The thing that must be understood is that none of these are God or Jesus. Their authority and their power over the people of Christ is ever under scrutiny and should always be taken “with a grain of salt”.

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Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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