“I believe pastors are called to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Mark Batterson, Catalyst
I have a confession to make. I’m a member of a secret group on Facebook. No it’s not a cult, it’s not anything evil. I describe this group as a group of people who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. They believe that things can be better. They believe that in whatever area of life they are passionate about, things can be done better.
We are against the status quo. Whether it’s building a better advertising agency, being a better mom, writing with a purpose, getting in better physical shape, being a better minister, going on a mission trip, whatever it is, we believe things can be and be done better.
What does that have to do with afflicting the comfortable?
There have been many many times when every single person in the group has stepped out of our comfort zones and have been uncomfortable. There have been many many times when this group has challenged and stretched me and my thinking. There have been many many times when people in the group have shared very vulnerable things – things that have motivated and encouraged me and many others as well.
Comfort the afflicted – there are many ways and areas and people who need comforting – don’t just stand there, do something.
Afflict the comfortable – make us all more aware that with privilege comes responsibility.
Responsibility to be Jesus hands and feet to the vulnerable of the world.
A responsibility to be faithful to God’s calling to care for “The least of these,” even when it makes you uncomfortable.
A responsibility to not be satisfied with the comfortable.
But to know that God has called you.
And God has called me.
To be uncomfortable.