Monday, October 08, 2012


The Islamic world is up in arms over a movie produced by a half-rate amateur film-maker in California:  Innocence of Muslims.  Ironically, the vast majority of Muslims have not seen the movie, and never will.  So why are they so upset?  They've listened to their leaders, the imams and mullahs.  The islamic leaders have told the people how to feel about it.  The movie was an excuse to agitate.  What it proves, though, is that people will be motivated when they get angry enough.  People respond to emotion.

What is the application for us as Christian leaders?  I think we need to get in touch with the emotion of the gospel.  We need to have a passion for grace.  We need to get excited about loving the lost.  We need to be stirred by the Holy Spirit.  We need to be passionate about Christ.  Are we being stirred up, and are we stirring up our people?  John Maxwell said, "People change when they hurt enough that they have to, learn enough that they want to, or receive enough that they are able to."  What our people need to receive from us is a Spirit-inspired agitation.  

But it has to start in our own hearts, first.  Old-time saints said it well, "If we want a fire in the pew, there has to be an inferno in the pulpit."

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