Thursday, May 17, 2012

Carbon Copies

Does anyone besides me remember the days of the carbon copy? When you had to put a sheet between the pages to that your typewriter would be able to  make a copy for you. We have come a long way since then and I am thankful for that.

Now, we can scan copies and fill them out, or alter them, or just leave them as it.

Jesus calls us to make disciples. But are these disciples carbon copies? And if so, copies of what?

I think a lot of churches want to make copies rather than disciples. Copies are comfortable. We can look at a copy and see if it looks like the rest very easily. We can control the copies by what we put into the copier.

But I don't think making disciples means making copies of ourselves. If it did, we wouldn't need much of the New Testament, because much of the New Testament teaches us how to deal with the problems that are created by our differences.

I am not a carbon copy. I need the New Testament. Jesus did not create or expect carbon copies in his disciples.

I think Jesus came to break the copy machine. Good thing too, because I have dealt with copiers, and they are a pain to maintain.

1 comment:

Kansas Bob said...

I agree Don. Reminds how we are to train up a child in the way that "they" should go. This kind of training/discipleship means that we need to really know the one that we are discipling. Doesn't work well with a program oriented view of discipleship.