Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 140: Mediator?

I Timothy 2:5 (NIV) says, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." According to bible dictionaries the word "mediator" means: This word is used in the New Testament to denote simply an internuncius, an ambassador, one who acts as a medium of communication between two contracting parties. In other dictionaries it is defined as: a negotiator who acts as a link between parties. Both definitions are pretty similar which leads me to a thought that I was challenged with this summer as I was a speaker at Cornerstone Festival 2010.

Most of the conversations I have had with people regarding a "mediator" usually ends up with people talking about a catholic priest being a mediator. People get this impression because they feel when they confess to a priest and they go before God that they are acting as a mediator. The question I brought up and was in agreement with while chatting with a few musicians. Are we missing the biggest mediator of all? Denominations.

When a person feels God has spoken to them about something, inevitably we run it through our denomination filter. If it lines up with what "they" believe...then in must be a God thing. If it does not line up with it...then it needs to go. This is not to say that some denominations offer GREAT flexibility. None the less when you are raised with a certain belief system and God speaks to you to do something outside of that system...we think "surely this cannot be of God." This can prevent churches and people from doing ministry because if God has spoken to them about something and it does not line up with what their denomination believes than nothing gets done.

So...mediator? Person or denomination or both?

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