Contrary to Popular Opinion

by | Sep 17, 2021 | Prophetic | 2 comments

We have entered a critical juncture in our history where the word of the Lord will appear to many people of faith to be out of step with their current understanding of reality, and even their understanding of the mission of the Church. Prophetic insight has never been popular, especially when people are afraid hoping to simply get through a tough stretch of cultural water without rocking the boat.

We use a phrase that will help unpack what is taking place. That phrase is “carrying someone’s water.” The phrase is a sports metaphor used to describe a water boy who is tasked with catering to the comfort of the players. That is an honorable and needed task when it comes to sports. It is now used in a pejorative manner to describe someone giving support to a person, organization, or a cultural cause that they would not normally approve of, but due to pressure to belong or be accepted, they yield their integrity and carry a message they do not agree with. 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been called to carry the word of the Lord, not the opinions of others or the issued statements of a group if those opinions or statements don’t sit right in our spiritual gut. 

The critical juncture we have entered will see the rise of individuals willing to put down the buckets they have been asked to carry. These individuals will do so at the risk of existing relationships, affiliations, and in some cases, their livelihood.  A simple review of history will reveal these are the historic heroes we now celebrate because of the courage they exhibited that required them to put down the water buckets they were told to carry unquestioned and unchallenged. 

Some of these heroes lost everything, but in the end, because they carried the word of the Lord and were willing to endure the resulting personal jeopardy, the Lord rewarded them with the sweetest of all words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” 

2 Comments

  1. Mandy

    Amen! Be strong and courageous

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    • Jen

      A co-worker and I were talking about this very thing today at one of the hospitals. A dedicated medical professional who has given her life to help patients and families but who no longer anticipates remaining because of dictates that conflict with her values. Also talked about how societal pressure has caused rejection of certain aspects of the agency mission-they are slowly giving up their unique identity.

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