Mixed Messages

Monday Ministerial Musings

By Rev. Mark William Ennis

2021 Blog Number 6

February 8, 2021

Mixed Messages

I had a yen for Wanton soup a few weeks ago. I get craves once in a while and the only way to stop the crave is to give in and eat whatever it is that I am craving. I went to my favorite Chinese restaurant and found out that it was closed on Mondays. Not to be deterred I arrived at my second favorite. It also did not have business hours on Monday. I was getting desperate and when to the third Chinese place in town. I saw a big sign that proclaimed, “we are open.” I was excited when I walk up and pulled on the locked door. It too was closed on Monday despite the “we are open sign.” Next to the “we are open sign” was a sign that said, “we are closed Monday.” I was annoyed at the mixed message of being open but being closed, both messages given at the same time.

Are there times when we as disciples of Christ or even the church itself sends mixed messages? If we claim that we are care for the poor and the hungry, as Jesus commanded and yet do nothing, are we sending out mixed messages?

If we claim that we put God above all else and put anything be it country, family, clubs, sports or pleasure activities ahead of obeying God are we giving a mixed message?

At times we might claim that we are ready to preach Christ to all the world but we are too frightened to witness to a friend, is our message consistent?

If we claim that we desire justice, but are not offended when people are treated unfairly, is our Christian message really dependable?

Unlike the Chinese restaurant, I hope our message steady. If not, perhaps we need to be in full confession during Lent which is upcoming. If we are sending mixed messages, let us correct this. If we are faithful and consistent, let us continue to be so.

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I have been a Reformed Church in America pastor and Christian Author since 1984. In addition I am certified Crisis Counselor, certified Disaster Chaplain and have two units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

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