“It’s because we don’t have enough knowledge.” The excuse I’ve heard for not announcing the Good News (evangelism), not discipling others, not teaching others, and and not putting faith into action by ministering to others. It’s the “not knowing how to do something” mantra of passiveness. It’s the most biblical non-biblical excuse for inactivity.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
The construction of the language here is noteworthy. The word “people” speaks of them as a whole; “are,” relates to the individuals of whom that whole is composed. Context is critical to understanding how this verse should be applied. Mostly, however, I’ve heard this used as a call to “get more knowledge,” or a rebuke about not being sufficiently knowledgeable. The idea of being sufficiently knowledgeable before one can minister to others is church dampening. By “church,” I mean those that are called out and called to action in and for Christ. It is shouted from the leaders of the church and embraced by it’s followers. We convince ourselves that we don’t have enough knowledge to do what “they” do. We excuse ourselves from ministry because of our lack of knowledge.
I’ve heard it time and time again. I’ve asked people why they don’t minister to others in Jesus name. Most answers center on the theme of not “knowing how.” In part I can sympathize. In part, I hate that excuse.
Paul hated it too, but was much more gracious than I when he told the Colossian Church, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9,10
I’ve told the people that we interact with many times, “If you only know one thing about Jesus, then teach that one thing. If you only know how to do one thing to Jesus, then do that one thing. Until you know two, three, and so on… “
Yes, I said do “to” Jesus – “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
This represents the first part in this series. A few questions:
Biblically speaking, is not knowing how to do something ever an excuse for not doing it?
Have you ever thought that you can’t do what “they” do because you lack knowledge?
Is a Christian Education needed to do Christian Stuff?