Dear Church Leaders: The Revelation Came from the Wilderness, not the Pulpit

Crap, another friend shared about getting kicked out of church. Arrgh. It’s painful, but sadly not rare– I have my own stories…

People can have different ideas, or giftings that don’t fit traditional parameters (e.g. gender/marital/parental status, etc.), and misunderstandings can be easy. But should talents or abilities cease the moment someone enters a church? Can we, especially those in church leadership, listen to someone if they aren’t preaching from the pulpit?

God has used a whale, worm, donkey and various plants to communicate throughout the Bible. How much more a fellow human?
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People have been rejected, not taken seriously, or flat-out exiled since the beginning of “Church.” Remember when Jesus healed a man born blind and religious leaders interrogated his family and ultimately exiled him? These so-called ‘lovers of God’ demonstrated hate for men and used their power and position to cast out a man touched by God. But Jesus himself went looking for him– that’s our hope too. (John 9:35)

If you’ve been misunderstood or set aside, or experienced such non-acceptance you needed to leave to survive,  be sure God *Himself is coming for you…

To all who’ve been rejected or pushed out of Church.. to those whose insights, vision or heart was withheld because of age, gender, tenure or any other superficial matter, know this:

“The Revelation came from the Wilderness, not the Pulpit.”
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God, the Original Rebel, put a NASA computer brain not just in a woman but a Black woman in 1960’s America. Go on. (Hidden Figures film, 2016)

Remember John the Baptist? He traded Temple ministry for camel clothes and crazy diet, but had a wildly important revelation from God. It wasn’t delivered in a well-attended, crisp-suited church/Temple, and John probably never even considered himself a “Preacher.” (Yet in reality he was the son of a High Priest thus likely direct heir to those sacred Temple duties. (Luke 1:5-10)

High-Priest buring incest in the temple before the Ark of the Ceovenant- holy of holies
The High Priest, wearing prescribed priestly garb, ministering with incense before God as symbolized by the Ark of the Covenant, covered by the twin Cherubim.

To those in any power positions in religious institutions:

Please take a moment to survey what’s really happening in the world and your church, and, possibly, if necessary, stop. Repent, that is: change directions. Interfering with a moving train seems insane, but a train going the wrong direction does no passenger good.

Is your church focused on numbers?

Anything from growth, to amount of people or money saved, the amount programmes running, etc…? Or maybe your Church is so focused on God, the Bible, prayer meetings, Bible studies, fasting rituals and home groups, that the members see more of eachother than neighbors, other family, friends and just people outside of church? Be on the look out for a divine intervention, which may seem crazy, or come from an unlikely source, like a “voice crying in the wilderness,” but that may just be God’s Heart.

Traditions and leadership hierarchies can make us hard of hearing or hard of heart, but if we actively seek to keep our hearts soft, we may just catch a glimpse of the Wind.


*I use “He” and “His” as simple pronouns for God but fully recognize God with both male and female ‘identity’ (for lack of a better word), as demonstrated throughout the Bible, but most blatantly through humanity itself. More in a 2-pt post: “Transgender God” here.

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