Sunday, August 31, 2008

Getting the Question Right

From this article--

On the evening of Easter Sunday in 1988...Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the Romanian pastor who was imprisoned and tortured for 14 years by the communists...was speaking to our newly planted church when it was meeting in our home. He finished what he wanted to say to us and opened the floor for questions. My wife Beverly was first to speak and asked him what we could do as a new church to grow, be healthy, and advance the kingdom. His response took us off guard – he said, “I do not have the answer to that question. Who has the next question?” He then took a question from a young man, a political activist, who wanted to know what we could do in America to prevent the same kind of persecution the church endured in Romania. In response, Pastor Wurmbrand said, “I cannot answer this question either. And now I want to tell you why. I cannot answer your questions because they are the wrong questions. To ask, ‘What must I do...?’ is like asking ‘What is the melody of a prune?’ A prune has no melody. As Christians we cannot ask ‘What must I do...?’ We must ask ‘What must I be...?


Heather said...

Oh, good answer to the questions! Definitely something to always keep in mind.

elaine@bloginmyeye said...

love this!