Sunday, April 16, 2006

Preaching with humility

Jim Wallis shares some honest thoughts on how difficult humility is for preachers or those involved in the "prophetic vocation" (free registration required for link access):
When we're always calling other people to repent and change, it's not always easy to hear that message for ourselves.

I want to suggest that there is a real and very deep tension between humility and the prophetic vocation. And most prophetic Christians I have known - present company and preacher included - are really not very good at humility. . . .

How do we preach like Amos - "Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty river!" - without becoming self-righteous ourselves? I think that is very difficult. Perhaps Micah had it right: "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
The answer? Grace.


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