Saturday, May 20, 2006

I DARE YOU TO MOVE ...

" Why do I talk about commencing ? We have already begun, and that with
considerable effect. Our hand has been forced by circumstances. ...
Look at that dark ocean, full of human wrecks writhing in anguish and
despair. How to rescue those unfortunates is the question. The
particular character of the methods employed, the particular uniforms worn by the
lifeboat crew, the noises made by the rocket apparatus, and the mingled
shoutings of the rescued and the rescuers, may all be contrary to your taste and
traditions. But all these objections and antipathies, I submit, are
nothing compared with the delivering of the people out of that dark sea."
General William Booth , In Darkest England and The Way Out, page 289, 291.

I am not an insubordinate soldier, I do not bash or curse The Salvation Army. In fact I believe that God has a desire to use this, Fist of the body of Christ, to win the whole wide world for Jesus. To inaugurate the coming of Christ to save a dying world.
I do however wonder how many of this Armies soldiers and officers fall into the hole of taking up issue with what we wear and how we sound when we do it! Placing tradition higher than revolution. Are the things God is using to save souls "contrary to your taste(s)?" A movement was begun 120 years ago; let us not be responsible for slowing it down.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow - strong word. You're right though, we have a business to be about, the Master's business. If I had a company and had workers in my employ that spent their time complained/commenting on the uniform they wore, they policies and procedures handbook that had been created to make their work simpler and poking their nose into everybody else's way of doing their task, I'd be pretty ticked...now, I know that God is full of mercy - and I'm glad, because I would have fired us a long time ago...

Tara Ayer said...

I agree...WOW! What a powerful quote by our founder to ruminate on. Thanks for bringing it.

YOU DONT KNOW MEEEeeee said...

booth- that guy's genius...

hey guess what...i am moving there soon. i know you're super excited...

can i have a house like travis? and i will ask around about a desk...

patrick lyons said...

Thanks be to God for a fresh voice of common sence and reason. How can we speak of clothes when the mission field goes unvisited and those in the "sea" continue "drowning" as people stand on the shore and preen?

Stephanie said...

Keep doing exactly what you are doing and do not let all of the other stuff slow you down!

You are great!