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One negative reality about the pragmatic “Whatever works” emphasis in Christianity is that it heaves the socially unpopular to the wayside. If coolness, cultural relativity, outgoing personalities, and social acceptance are barometers for pastors, then they are barometers for “successful” ministers everywhere; including the pew. Thus, through emphasizing these traits, we deemphasize the power of God the Holy Spirit to move through the uncool geriatric, the unpopular teenager, and the introverted stay-at-home mom. Our churches as a result are full of untapped potential that have been taught by our indirect examples and emphases that they are incapable of reaching other people with the gospel. This is yet another way that we hide God’s glory, not by our theological emphases, but by us not consistently living out the implications of this theology. If God the Holy Spirit indeed equips the saints for the work of the ministry through the appropriation of His word, then He can still use the socially unacceptable to reach the world. To not tap into this potential is foolish; therefore, let us remind our congregations of the power of God the Holy Spirit to use all Christians for His glory. Remember that probably over half of the New Testament church were slaves. God is greater than social categories!
What do you think about this article? Can God only use socially acceptable people to reach sinners and grow His church? Why or why not?