Many things are defined as major and minor incidents these days.
A minor cut in when you bleed a little and the hospital yells at you for taking up space in the emergency room.
A major cut might actually get you a real room at the hospital and not a cot in the ER hallway.
A minor incident in most sporting events will get you sent to the bench. If your incident is major, you will probably get ejected from the game and sent to the team locker room to calm down.
In college, you pick a major and a minor. My college stressed about our minor and even when I was in my field of study, my minor didn't prepare me for the working world. I almost forgot the name of my minor. I invested all of this time (in my minor) to later find out all of those classes did not fully meet my ordination requirements. (Shh…...I was a pastor once. Don’t tell anybody!)
Fast forward into our little kingdoms that we operate in today: work, home, church/community.
The minor can easily be misinterpreted as major.....If you want to see an example of this, take a look at what most people argue about in the Church: how songs are sung, choir or no choir, color of carpet, etc.
The examples I listed are merely our PREFERENCES. It doesn't matter what we do for God if it has no PURPOSE. The purpose is not to entertain ourselves but to point people to Jesus. I didn't die on a Cross and neither did you.
Let's focus on the major: God has a purpose for you. Yes, you. The confused you. The tired you. The hurting you. The lost you.
The reason why I'm writing a series on “Things Killing the Church” is because it is very easy to avoid the obvious. We focus on trivial things within Christianity and miss out on the intimate and awesomely disruptive things that God wants to show us. C.S. Lewis once stated that “all the Devil has to do is keep Christians consumed with silly things”. He makes mention of this often in his classic The Screwtape Letters: keeping Christians distracted or arguing with each other is easy. The Devil does not have to do much work when we are just fighting each other.
If you are going to discern whether something is a minor or major incident…..ask yourself the following questions:
Have I prayed about this? When I say have you prayed about this, I am not referring to those popcorn prayers that you say on the roller coaster before the big hill. Have you really prayed about this incident or are you operating with an older tool for a newer issue? Pray like your prayer life is your responsibility. God is not a genie nor is He some far away deity who monitors Mother Earth with many flat screen televisions. God is here. Talk and listen.
Is this a generational issue? Please take a hard glance at your family tree. Is this something that continues to wreck your family? Five generations of pride? Four generations of abuse? Why? Three generations that lack purpose? Two generations that go to church and do not know Jesus? Why? You can break this vicious cycle but it will take some action on your part. First, you need to be open to the idea that NO FAMILY is perfect….including yours and mine. Second, you need to repent. Repentance is scary because it says that we know we did something wrong and we are admitting fault. No one likes to admit that they messed up; therefore, this is why trolls are so popular on the Internet. In repentance, we give our sins and our tangled webs of bondage to Jesus. After repentance, we ask God to put His will into our lives. Moving forward……….
What is my worldview? In figuring out if something is minor or major, we need to have a strong foundation. Where do you get your values, beliefs, and knowledge from? Your worldview shapes how you view the minor and the major incidents that you will encounter at work, school, church, and in the community. If we are a Kingdom-focused people, then the lenses that we view this world through should be one that finds clarity...in Jesus.