Missy and I were driving back from a wedding on Saturday. It was pouring down rain, visibility was very limited and we were going about 60 miles an hour at 11:00 at night. All of a sudden a truck passed us going at least 90 with that big sticker on the back tailgate that reads “How’s my driving?” Call 1-800… with a reference number. I wonder how many times the message we are sending with our actions doesn’t mesh with the message we are sending by our words.
I think most churches know their priorities – evangelism, worshiping God, serving others, making disciples. I wonder how many effectively follow through on those things on a consistent basis. I think John Ellas hits the nail on the head when he makes the point that many of the things we say are our core values are really only aspirations.
What message are we sending, not just by the message we preach and teach, but by the actions that our community sees or doesn’t see us doing?