What Happens to a Lion in a den of “Daniels”?

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

We know the story of Daniel and how he was thrown into a den of lions because of his faithfulness to God. But what happens when you have an eager group of Daniels who happen upon a “lion”? Someone said it another way, “When bad Christians happen to good people.”

After a discipleship leaders training session, one of the ladies and I were discussing beginning a new discipleship groupl with some ladies from a low income housing project. She described to me sharing with a woman from another church (thank God) the work we have started doing in that village. The other woman said something about “that kind of people.”

it reminded me of the story we had just finished. Jesus had come into the town of Jericho and there was a wealthy tax collector named Zaccheus. Zaccheus wanted to see Jesus, but couldn’t because Zaccheus was a small man. So he hurried ahead and climbed a sycamore tree. When Jesus passed by, he stopped and said, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down because today I stay at your house.” The religious people began to grumble, saying, “He is going to the home of a sinner.’

How much damage is done to the work of the kingdom by church folks who “grumble” and spread a bad report. Honestly, we can be like hungry “Daniels” destroying the lions. Imagine the difference in receptivity from th ecommunity if they didn’t hear such grumbling and complaining. Someone, maybe Barna, has reported that about 60% of the American community is unreachable by the church today. Somehow they have had a bad experience, or formed a bad impression, and want nothing to do with organized religion. Honestly, I don’t blame them. People really want Jesus.

Jesus called us to follow Him. That translates a word that means, “Come walk the road that I walk.” He said, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Fishermen don’t spend their time chasing lions. They spend their time on mission, “Catching fish.”

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