We had our partnership class (membership on steroids) this past Sunday and it was a good group (30+).. Often I get questions that go like this- “Why should I partner with the Bay”? I think it is a fair question and worth a blog. Partnership requires a level of maturity that says, “I am not here for me and my needs, I am here to make a difference in the world”. We all attend a church because it meets our needs- but we will only engage in a church where we can give ourselves away. I often say in our partnership class, “I wouldn’t attend a church that didn’t CHALLENGE me to live better”. That sounds good until people get pushed out of their comfort zone. Everyone is welcome to attend The Bay and we will fight for that openness and opportunity. But, when it comes to Partnership we raise the commitment bar. That offends some- and that is not preferred but it is okay, I realize that when I am challenged to live differently I sometimes get offended. So people have asked me- “Do you feel bad that some people are offended by what you say”? They ask, “Wouldn’t it be better to not offend and be more loving”?
First of all let me say- when did Love mean you didn’t tell the truth? When was the definition of love become some spineless go along that never offends?
Secondly, I do not offend intentionally but, I also know when I speak I need to focus on not offending God rather than people in the room. Does that make sense? All that to say- I am offended and challenged daily- thank God that He hasn’t given up on me.
By the way- if you are easily offended PLEASE DO NOT COME TO FRAT HOUSE. I will say things that are directed at MEN, real men, men with with a spine, testosterone in their veins and willing to fight for what matters. Know any men like that? If not show up tomorrow morning at 6:15 (if you are a man) and meet about 50 other men who are not easily offended!