Watching a recent news program, I heard a phrase I had never heard before to explain how to people observing the same thing can come up with vastly different opinions, they call this “Alternative facts”. I got me to think about the awful experience of being miss understood. I came across these real life Church bulletin bloopers the other day that no doubt left some misunderstandings:
- “Wait Watchers meeting next Thursday at 6 pm please enter through the side double doors.”
- “Don’t let worry kill you off – let our Church help!”
- “A bean super will be held on Tuesday at 6 pm in the fellowship hall, music to follow!”
- “Ladies, don’t forget the garage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands!”
- “Please welcome our visiting Pastor, a caring individual who loves hurting people!”
In Acts chapter 21 verses 17-40 Paul arrived in Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost as he followed the will of God knowing full well that trouble awaited him. The trouble that awaited him was from believers as well as unbelievers. This passage reveals how Paul handled being misunderstood by fellow Christians and by nonbelievers.
Robert Jacks, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, wrote a book on teaching God’s Word called “Just say the Word”. In the book he offers practical tips to help Bible teacher find a style of communication, which enables a person to effectively communicate God’s Truths. He tells the story of a Pastor who spoke on the truths of Love, peace and grace with little or no response. Puzzled by the lack enthusiasm in the audience he inquired from the pulpit what the matter was, to which someone blurted out, “It’s not what you said, it was how it was said!” Saints, sometimes people will still misunderstand you even when what you say was said correctly.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!