Posted by: Jeff Warren | August 18, 2009

Don’t like change?

As a pastor I’m constantly leading people to change.  Isn’t that, in the end, the Christian life?  Change seems to be the mandate of the day, doesn’t it?  Of course, unecessary change is a bummer.  But necessary change is, well, also a bummer.  And most of the time it’s not easy.   One of our members sent me this quote in response to Sunday’s message:

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less” (Gen. Eric Shinseki, former Chief of Staff, US army).

Are you experiencing the necessary and expected tension in your life as God is leading you into a dynamic and different future.  None of us want to be irrelevant or see our churches become irrelevant in our culture (what good is the Gospel if nobody’s interested in listening?) but so many don’t want the change necessary to allow us to remain relevant.  I’ve taught for years about the necessity to stay committed to the core but the willingness to change whatever is non-core if it will help us maintain our relevance.  Too many churches have gone the way of irrelevance, unwilling to change to reach an ever-changing culture.   “Oh God, let us not be yet another.”  Let’s all keep moving forward with courage, always willing to change as God leads us!



  1. This is why I am so grateful that God has given us his Word. That scripture is perfect and infallible, and always relevant to us today. It is a relief to me, to know that we as Christians can never become irrelevant because our gospel is never irrelevant. After all, “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.”(1 sam 15:29.) Even when Saul thought God was irrelevant and following worthless doctrine in the Torah was not relevant God reminded him how relevant His covenant is. It is a delight that all Christians can rest knowing that all scripture is good for teaching, rebuking and correcting. It is also a blessing to know that while “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 tim 4:1) that FBC McKinney is holding strong to all the Word of God. And I am thankful for Jeff who watches his life, actions and doctrine closely; that he perseveres in them, because when he does he saves both himself and his hearers (1 tim 4:16). I could not imagine what would happen to a church that had a Pastor who is not so firm in all the scriptures that he would always believe in the full Word of God being completely relevant for the culture of today.

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