How Isaiah 1:17 gets Manhandled by the Professionalization of Christianity

What’s on my mind more and more these days is how the professionalization of Christianity–that is, our propensity to believe that we are doing what God requires when we provide financial support to paid professionals to undertake the acts commended to us in Scripture–robs us of the Christian character and growth God intends for us.

As usual, my friend, DocRocket‘s Robert Hayes, puts it far more aptly in far shorter space, noting last week on my Facebook page:

Trying to re-envision Isaiah 1:17 as professional helpers would see it. “Delegate the appropriate professionals to learn how to do right and seek justice. Create legal defense funds for the oppressed. Hire a PR firm to advance the cause of the fatherless, and make sure there’s a support check for every widow.”

Doesn’t really resonate like the original.

It is not enough that we give to professionals so that justice may be done. If we ourselves don’t become more just in the process of giving, then it is unjust for the professional to be willing to receive what we are offering.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is also the International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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2 Responses to How Isaiah 1:17 gets Manhandled by the Professionalization of Christianity

  1. Roy says:

    Hahahaha!!!! What a great reinterpretation. Thanks for sharing, Eric.

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