Balancing Word and Deed?
Great conversations this week at a local pastors conference after a message from Tobey Pittman about Compassion. Tobey talked about a Biblical understanding of compassion and its implications for ministry. This led us to the topic of social actions relationship to local church ministry. A few questions generated:
- Our oldest pastor/preacher in the area asked have we excused ourselves away from ministry because of the welfare state. Great question: Does the fact that some get government checks keep us from responding to genuine needs in our community? When should we help? When should we not?
- Our newest Northshore Pastor exonerated us that the love of God is to be spread by word and deed. And that the church could do and should do more for the neediest than the government can and should. But what does a “word and deed” gospel look like?
- And then the inevitable question for all of us as believers in the Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Christo: Does social action subvert or hurt the primacy of preaching the Word of God?