Just read about Ananias and Sapphira, the couple deaded by God for lying to the Holy Spirit. They lied so they could look good to their group. They wanted to elevate their status in the group by looking like they were meeting or exceeding group standards for generosity without actually giving up their love for money. The problem was not their lust for money. The problem was their lust for status. In their defense they probably were new Christians and didn’t know any better. Christianity is a ‘first shall be last and the last shall be first religion’. It is a really tough concept to integrate into ones belief system. Everything around us shouts the opposite.
Here is my modest proposal. All those who claim the mantel of leadership should not name their ministry after themselves. All those who claim the mantel of laity should shun all Christian ministries that are named after an individual. In God’s economy the Father wants to Glorify the Son and the Son wants to Glorify the Father and the Holy Spirit is so modest the he stays out of it all together. They must be Christians. (yes I know, I’m speaking of the trinity as if they are separate. I live in a physical world it is hard for me to think transcendental)
I don’t think God likes it very much when we use Christendom as a group where we can feed our pride by advancing our own status. I think that is why he was so hard on poor Ananias and Sapphira.
I’m pretty sure that the Father wants all the glory to go to the Son.
I don’t know if a smart person has already said this but the loudest message is the one that is unspoken. When a church leader acts in such a way to bring himself fame that is the message that will get across no matter what else is said.
I have a hard time believing that God can actually be manipulated by anything that we can say. But! If there is a way to get on God’s good side doing and saying things that bring glory to his son would be one of them.