In the scriptural passage this Sunday, the Apostle Paul states that we should be ambassadors for Christ. I was thinking about this and the role ambassadors play in world politics. Frequently, the ambassador from one country will give a message to some official of another country. This may or may not be what the other official wants to hear. But (hopefully) this will begin a dialogue between the two countries which will result in agreement at some level. It is in this role that Paul directs us to follow. To be ambassadors for Christ to a world that really needs Christ in their lives.
We as ministers need to stop dodging questions. On the other side, people need to quit trying to trap their ministers in some sort of “heresy”. Otherwise, the whole system of Christianity will be stunted in its growth. If we don’t start giving honest answers and being open to other perspectives, then people are not going to be challenged to come to church. And then we all lose.