Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Leaving: The Defining Moment

Bob shares an "I just left" moment, having been worn down by a message. Been there, done that (although not because of a movie clip).

As more and more people make exits from the program-driven song and dance, many of them have that straw-that-broke-the-camel's-back experience, that defining moment.

For me, it was not an abrupt decision, but a culmination of months and years of God's leading me into discontent. But I had a defining moment. It was in one sermon where Scripture was mishandled (it was said that the things Moses was telling Israelites to remind their children of was that God loved them and wanted them to be happy when, in context, the things he wanted them to remind their children of were the Ten Commandments and the importance of obeying them) and the message was that the more you imagine God blessing you, the more He will give you. Halfway through I just said to my wife, "I can't do this any more."

It wasn't just that one message. That was just the tipping point.

For a friend of ours, the defining moment was the Easter Sunday sermon that didn't have anything to do with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Have you had a defining moment? What was it?
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Jared said...

Oh, and we use movie clips at Element every now and again, so Bob would probably walk out on us too. :-)

Anonymous said...

I suppose it was when our pastor told us "You have to let your leader be Jesus in your life" and my leader told me "in your case, I am your Moses." I've been praying about leaving too and the word that came to me is about how the Israelites wanted a king -- also, it was when i realized that if Jesus looked like my leader, I'd be running far far away. Funny how it was when I left that all the abuse began -- so this is what it feels like to be alienated and harassed at the same time.

A. (anonymous because you never know how well these pastors google.)

Anonymous said...

When the new Sr. Pastor indirectly forces the most talented Worship Pastor you've served under and lived life with to resign, asks the Chairman of Deacons to join the vocalists on the praise team because, "we can't have just women leading worship," and then encourages all of the musicians to "hang in there for ME." That was the tipping point. But then again, he does have his PhD from a Southern Baptist seminary, so he must be right.