Mark Has Some Good News, Part 8, Some Things You Fix Some Things You Replace
A Question About Fasting
18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins."
I was told something once, about working in the church. I was told that my style and fit and methods seem to be best suited for a church planter. In a way that's praise. The brave men who take that step in planting churches are some of the hardest working and dedicated characters you'll find in the church. So when I read this odd verse I wonder if this is why we see so much turn over in pastoral employment.
You see when you come to work at a church and you have a plan, education, history, or idea. Unless that same change jives with the churches plan, history, or idea you get labeled as wrong and asked to stop. Regardless of whether or not you’re in sin you can be asked to stop. And my question is and has been why.
If a method or idea would work in an empty building with less people, why oppose it? Is it for comfort? Propriety? Tradition? If so would any of these reasons work in the empty building. I can't see a pastor opening a new church in a coffee shop and expecting people just to show up because they always have. I mean why would they change without reason to? In the same way if change and progress would fly in that empty building why hinder it out of any of the above reasons?
If Jesus is teaching us about change here I wonder of the state of our candidate processes in churches today. If Jesus indeed was talking about change, then the change he brings needs to be placed and received it seems. If a pastor shows up with a change to front.
Do we assess the state of our church, or just reject it?
We could just say we're old wine skins and that would destroy everything we've become.
Or we can become a new wine skin and get ready for the new wine from a cup that over flows.
I think Jesus teaches us to change when change is needed.