“God told me”.
Carey Nieuwhof talks about this ‘trump card’ today at his blog. And I couldn’t agree more.
He states the fact that when most people play their trump card, it really has nothing to do with any time of theological thing (like salvation, the cross, etc.) and almost always has to do with their own opinion… things like church programs, vision, direction, etc.
I like what he says:
Most of the time when leaders trot out “God told me”, they’re actually seeking to add divine weight to something that truthfully, is either their opinion or their (maybe sincere) attempt to apply what they’ve learned to the situation they’re facing.
So why not just call it that?
It’s our opinion.
It’s my conviction.
It’s our belief.
It’s my understanding.
It’s my decision.
I think people would just respect you more. Because that’s what it is, isn’t it?
And if church people wonder whether you actually heard from God when you claim to be speaking for him, I promise you unchurched people – especially the millennial generation – don’t find it credible.
So… have you used the ultimate Christian ‘trump card’ recently, or at any time in your ministry?
Why did you do it?
Did God really speak to you?
And did your proclamation come true? And did it help your leadership?
I’d love to hear your experience.