21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
I want to do a little experiment. I was considering updating the “about me” section when I began to wonder if your description of the person who is Clint would come anywhere close to my own description (delusion) of myself.
Be funny… be cruel… show some sympathy… lay it all out there and rake me through the coals, I don’t care. All that I ask is that you be truthful.
Doesn’t matter if you know me personally or just through reading my blog, use whatever exposure you’ve had to answer the question…
There was some good conversation on the post digging deeper a few days ago that you should read when you’ve got a few extra minutes. Apparently I’m not going to stop until I bury myself, so why not dig this hole a little deeper?
In the comments of the digging deeper post Casey brought up the basic structure of the Roman Catholic Church and had this to say about it…
It removes the man from the equation… they take their vows, which are for life (99% of the time) and then are at the will of their superiors, who are at the will of the world-wide church, who is at the command of the Pope who is (in a perfect scenario) the ambassador of Christ on Earth…
It really is a great system and this is the reason that it has prevailed for thousands of years.
Let’s talk about this system.
I agree. It is a pretty good system… fairly simple and efficient.
Matter of fact, I operate under an almost identical system at work. We call it a “chain of command”. Everyone has one supervisor to answer to and receive orders from. When info comes down the pipe, I receive it from one person; when it goes up the pipe, I deliver it to that same person. Although it has a tendency to bog down occasionally, it works great most of the time. Especially when circumstances dictate that there’s not a lot of extra time for discussion. The only hitches seem to come when someone tries to circumvent the system.
One aspect of this system is “span of control” – how many people can one person effectively direct? Different environments call for adjustments – a college classroom may have one professor to a hundred or so students. Whereas we operate under emergency situations, so the rule of thumb is 5 subordinates to 1 supervisor – but the concept is the same.
Corporations use versions of it. Our military operates similarly. The Roman army operated under the same type system. That’s why, when Christianity became the state religion of Rome, the Roman Catholic Church adopted it too. And because it works, when the Protestants split off, they kept using it.
This system of leadership is great if one man intends to “command and control” others. People like it. It’s tidy.
I’m struggling with the concept of a paid professional clergy or church leadership.
Whoa, wait a minute… don’t leave yet. Let me explain a little first.
Okay, everyone calm now… caught your breath?
Here we go.
I could give you a few reasons why, but since I’d love to have an ongoing conversation with this one, I’ll start with one and save the rest for later… plus I’m lazy and don’t want to spend that much time typing in one sitting.
I work. I get paid. I love my job and what it’s all about. I’d even venture to say it’s a calling. But I also like having money to pay for things that I need… um… and want. Occasionally I don’t agree with things that takes place where I work or decisions that are made by the people who are over me and have the authority to determine whether or not I continue to work.
Sometimes, and I’m not very good at it but it does happen, I make a few compromises with my convictions when I don’t agree in order to keep my job… and paycheck. You know, because I like to be able to pay for the things that I need and want. I tow the line so to speak. It’s probably the same around your workplace.
Now, if I’m a pastor and my livelihood is somewhat dependent on keeping “the flock” happy, I may be put in the position of making some compromises with my convictions in order to keep my job or get a job… and paycheck. I don’t think anyone should be put in a position where they have to make THOSE type compromises for money.
I missed the deadline to apply, and now the season is almost over.
I particularly like this part:
LEGAL METHODS: Hunters may use hand-held ropes or snares, snatch hooks, harpoons, gigs or arrows with a restraining line attached. Legal alligators must be dispatched immediately upon capture by using a handgun or bangstick, or by severing the spinal cord with a sharp implement.
Sounds so primeval. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?
Plus, it would have been great to walk into the next Iron Chef party and say…
Here’s y’all some fresh gator tail with a swamp gravy dipping sauce. First, I used a harpoon to get him to the boat, and then I used a hatchet (sharp implement) to hack (severe) through it’s spinal cord just before cooking it up for ya tonight.