Passivity Is An Enemy


This Sunday, I have the opportunity to finish my 12 week series in Nehemiah. Chapter 13 contains one of the funniest and most dramatic descriptions of managing conflict found anywhere in the Scriptures.  Verse 25 paraphrases like this:

“I confronted them, cursed them, beat them, and pulled out their hair.”  

This is probably a better description of something that happened rather than a prescription of how to handle a bad situation.  Even though this seems abrupt, I can’t help but admire Nehemiah’s ability to get in the thick of things and reject the passivity that can characterize many leaders.  Praying I find the balance between rejecting passivity and pastoral empathy and figure it out before this Sunday.  🙂

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