This cartoon comes from a true story of a local pastor who, after each service, sits behind a velvet rope and allows the people to come through a line to shake his hand. The people are also allowed to give him money as they pass through the line. I look at this image as a metaphor for ministry in general. Here are the questions I ask myself and I hope you will ask of yourself as well.
- How do we, as pastors, create these velvet barriers? Between us and the congregation? Between us and the world?
- How do people in our churches create the barriers?
- What barriers does the world create that make it hard for us to connect and minister the light of Jesus Christ?
- How many of these barriers are intentional? How many are unintentional?
These are some of my questions and there are more. Share your thoughts about Blind Foxes and Velvet Fences.